Special Political Committee
International Drug Trade and Libya
Giremt Benyam, Forest Hills Northern High School
The international drug trade has negatively affected our world through its disregard for government laws, it’s greed, and it’s supplementation of harmful addictions. The circulation of drugs has been going on for centuries, beginning with medicinal purposes in ancient history and becoming largely used for recreational purposes by the twentieth century. The increased use of these drugs lead to substance abuse, which drove the international drug trade to become an illegal drug trade.
Canada has only been negatively affected by non medicinal drug use, as drug addiction is not welcomed by any nation. In Canada specifically, opioid hospitalizations have been on the rise since 2013, which is why in 2013 we assured a more strict adherence to the medicinal-use-only rule by replacing the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations with the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.
Canada firmly believes that drug use and the international drug trade has no place within its borders (with the exception of medicinal uses) and should be treated as such with a zero tolerance policy. This position is in the best interest of our country, proven by studies which show that the prevalence of substance use disorders is highest across Eastern Europe and the U.S. When compared to other industrialized nations such as those, Canada has a more strict exclusion of drugs from it’s society. Therefore we reduce the amount of drugs being used in the country, which subsequently reduces the amount of drug abuse in the country. We uphold the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which is our federal drug control statute.
While the International Drug Trade does not take such a heavy toll on Canada as it does to other countries, it still needs reforming regulations to further limit the cases of substance abuse and addiction in Canada. We could put the same impact on the rest of the world through drug trade regulations in the U.N. After all, if the international drug trade decreases, overall drug use in individual nations will naturally decrease as well.
- Giremt Benyam