Rise in Afghanistan Poppy Leads to Iranian Drug Addiction
A recent article discussed the society of Iran and it’s addiction to opium, heroin, and other opium based drugs. Although opium is a very commonly used pain killer and is also used socially in Iran, addiction that has turned users to heroin and other opium based drugs has plagued the nation and the government has leaped into action to combat the growing addiction problem.
The government now funds 600 drug rehab centers as well as an additional 1,250 centers that give away free, clean needles and treat addicts with methadone. Aside from the addiction itself, another growing problem in Iran is the spread of HIV/AIDS. Many of the 1,250 centers funded by the government also offer help in the form of food and care for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Despite the preexisting presence of opium in social and medical settings in Iran, the nation has experienced a dramatic increase in opium imports ever since America has occupied Afghanistan. America has been widely blamed for overlooking the regrowth of the opium exports to the point where now, Afghanistan is the source of 93% of all illicit opium worldwide.