0653 GMT March 25, 2019
“Educational video clips have been prepared by the ministry for distribution among owners of beauty salons and gyms to warn about the dangers of such products, Alireza Norouzi added.
Noting that only qualified healthcare professionals are qualified to prescribe medicines, Norouzi said gyms and beauty salons are under tougher supervision and offenders will be prosecuted.
“Medicines for treating obesity or sexual disorders must only be prescribed by specialists in medical centers,” he said.
The official said the consumption of narcotics in eastern and western provinces varies.
“While residents of western provinces tend to consume industrial drugs such as meth, the consumption of herbal narcotics, including opium is higher in eastern provinces,” Norouzi said.
He said availability gives rise to narcotics consumptions.
“The price of narcotics is much lower in the eastern provinces in view of their proximity to Afghanistan, as the largest producer of narcotics.”
Contraband drugs discovered
Meanwhile, a large volume of contraband drugs for treating sexual dysfunction and sport nutrition supplements were seized during a large-scale operation in Tehran last week, said Colonel Mohammad Mehdi Kakvan, the head of Tehran Cyberspace Police.
“The drugs worth about $217,000, were confiscated from gyms and beauty salons,” he added.
The official said 27 people were arrested during the operation.
Kakvan warned citizens not to purchase such products online since their expiry dates have often passed.
He urged people to use safe online shops to prevent identity and account theft, which is common in cyberspace.
Experts have warned weight-loss drugs advertized on satellite channels or sold online contain significant amounts of addictive substances.