Title : ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN
Stamp Serial#
1866 
KPC#
C-1415 
MICHEL#
1890 
StanGib#
2201 
Scott#
1878 
Date of Issue
06/26/1996 
Quantity
3,000,000 
Denomination
150 won  
Design
Littered Syringes:An Image Driving the Anti-Drug Campaign 
Designer
Jeon Chong-kwan 
Image Area
33mm*23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
5*4 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
As problems stemming from drug abuse have been growing at an alarming rate and have had significant adverse effects on public health and general social and economic conditions throughout the world, the UN designated June 26 as the "International Anti-Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking Day" in 1987, seeking to stamp out illicit drug use and distribution and to help provide treatment and rehabilitition to drug addicts.

Narcotics refer to substances for which a craving(dependece)is induced with abrupt discontination resulting in withdrawl followed by unbearable physiological and psychological desturbances(abstinence syndrome). Associated with the development of physical dependence is the building of tolerance, i.e. a decreased response to the effects of the drugs, which necessitates ever larger doses to achieve the same effect. The abuse of narcotic drugs results in physical and psychological dependence and adverse effects such as brain, liver, and heart damage and/or malfunction. Drug abuse may cause pregnant women to give birth to children with birth defects. Youngsters may suffer impaired personality development caused by emotional disorders as well as damaged brain cells, bone marrow tissue, and kidney functions. Drug abuse also sererely affects the ability to engage in regular tasks, causing difficulty in thinking and concentrating, and poor judgement which may lead to reckless or life-threatening acts.

Drug abuse does not stop posing as a health hazard for individual drug abusers. It also wreaks havoc on societies, as a whole, as addicts are prone to commit robbery, murder, and other types of criminal activities. In addition to the costs of drug-related crimes, heavy costs are inflicted on the nation by the lost labor force and rapidly rising social welfare programs geared toward coping with drug abuse problems. The abuse of illicit drugs has reached epidemic proportions, primarily aflicting the toung, crossing all social, economic, and national boundaries. With the age of first drug use gradually falling, drug abuse has emerged as a primary cause of rising juvenile crime.

On the occasion of the International Anti-Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking Day, the Ministry of Information and Communication is issuing a special stamp, hoping that the concerted efforts of those from all walks of life to combat drug abuse will contribute to the building of a happy and sound global society.