Iran has 130,000 new drug addicts each year: report

TEHRAN – About 130,000 people in Iran become addicted to drugs each year, the Iranian police chief said, acknowledging the scale of the problem for a country on a key heroin trafficking route.

In comments published on Sunday, Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam, who is also head of Iran’s anti-narcotics agency, said some 930,000 people in the country of 70 million were addicted to heroin and opium, a figure rising to 1 million if other drugs are included.


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