News ID: 125717
Published: 0238 GMT August 30, 2015

Drug rehab centers for women, children on agenda

Drug rehab centers for women, children on agenda

Iran's Drug Control Headquarters has prioritized drug treatment programs for female and child drug addicts, said an advisor to the anti-narcotics squad. Najib Hosseini said the headquarters will set up drug rehabilitation centers for women and children if necessary.

 

A rehab center has been established in Tehran to accommodate women and child drug addicts, he said, noting it can cater for 100 people.

Hosseini said the addicts undergo training courses to beat addiction.

He likened addiction among women to a 'dormant bomb', which could go off out of the blue.

Official data show that there are 1.325 million drug addicts in Iran, of whom 10 percent are women.  This means that less than two percent of the Iranian population, which is about 75 million, suffer from drug addiction.

Alireza Jazini, the deputy head of the headquarters, said 3,000 drug addicts fell victim to the gloomy phenomenon in the year to March 2015, noting that women constituted 300 of such deaths.

Jazini described drug addiction as the biggest shock of the third millennium, which aims to 'destroy generations'.

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli said last week that only 15 percent of drug addicts manage to overcome addiction while others struggle with its devastating consequences.

The minister said a large number of those suffering from AIDS are addicts.

Iran lies on a main transit route for the smuggling of opium and heroin from Afghanistan which eventually find their way across the Middle East to Europe.

Illicit drugs enter Iran through the border with Afghanistan or from Pakistan.

Iranian anti-drug police said they seized almost 500 tons of narcotics in the year to March 2015, which included 390 tons of opium and 10 tons of heroin.

Iran has spent colossal amounts to build a wall along its 1,800-kilometer border with Afghanistan and Pakistan to clamp down on smugglers. The work, which began in the 1990s, is expected to be completed by next March.

 

   
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