WHEREAS Drug abuse is a fundamental humanitarian and social issue that transcends political ideas, parties, and national boundaries; and,

WHEREAS Drug abuse, as defined by United Nations Drug Control Conventions, destroys the unique dignity of individuals, their freedom to think, and ability to evaluate the difference between right and wrong; and,

WHEREAS Drug addiction means chemical enslavement and perpetuating drug abuse, which leads to poverty, loss of dignity, and health, and which actions are rejected by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, specifically addressing the freedom from any forms of slavery, torture, cruel, and inhumane treatment; and,

WHEREAS These rights are seriously compromised in a world which condones drug abuse; and,

WHEREAS Non-drug users, especially children, as defined by Article 33 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, are entitled to live in a safe, secure, drug-free environment, and to have their human rights protected by society; and,

WHEREAS Drug abuse limits human potential, threatens the safety and well being of children and unborn children, diminishes freedom to live a rewarding and satisfying life and leads to addiction and chemical slavery; and,

WHEREAS Programs which facilitate drug abuse and drug trafficking perpetuate the violation of human rights among the most vulnerable individuals, those whose free will has been denied by addiction.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That all people have the right to expect governments to protect them from drug abuse and have a life free of drugs; and, in particular, parents have the right to expect governments to assist them in their efforts to help their children remain free of drugs; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That communities have the right to be protected from consequences that occur as a result of drug abuse; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That those abusing drugs should have timely treatment available to them and the equal protection under the law to ensure their individual rights