Over 1.3 million Iranians addicted to drugs
According to the latest statistics, 1.325 million of people in Iran are drug addicts, director of drug research and training center Hamid Serami said, Mehr reported. Serami said the mentioned number of drug addicts make up for 2,65 percent of people in Iran, and most of them are in the 15-64 age radius.
| This is sad. Much as I want the Mad Mullahs gone, I don't want to see ordinary Iranians suffer like this.|
The research was conducted in 31 provinces of Iran, revealing 91 percent of 1.325 million being males, and 9 percent - females. Serami noted that 53 percent of the people that took the tests were imployed, 63 percent of them were married.
Head of the country's Prisons Organization Gholam-Hossein Esmaili said on Dec. 4, that 43 percent of people in Iran's prisons are either drug dealers, or drug addicts.
According to foreign media outlets, since October 2011 to October 2012, Iran had 488 people executed, 33 percent of which were accused on drug trafficking.
One of the major problems for Iran is drug trafficking. Earlier this month, Iranian media outlets reported that Iranian forces seized over 11 tons of narcotics in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan. Iran has spent more than USD 700 million on sealing the borders and preventing the transit of narcotics destined for European, Arab and Central Asian countries.
According to the UN Drug Report 2011, Iran, which shares a 936-kilometer border with Afghanistan and a 909-kilometer one with Pakistan, has intercepted 89 percent of all the opium seized worldwide.
Posted by: Steve White 2012-12-27