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United Nations: Iran a Model of Drug Addiction Treatment

While the UN isn't sanctioning Iran, it's praising the country for its successful efforts to treat drug addiction. The UN Office on Drugs and Crimes says Iran has been more supportive of drug treatment than any other government in the Islamic world.

One to 10 million Iranians (depending who you ask) battle addiction. Abandoning strict punishment a while back, the theocratic government takes the drug problem head on, generously financing numerous treatment centers, providing those not ready to quit with services like free needles, and encouraging citizens to think of addiction as a disease, according to the New York Times.

Even though they don't treat addicts like criminals, Iranians aren't ready to stop all the blaming. To see why Iran thinks America is slowing down their treatment efforts,


Antidrug official say the American military ignores poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, a major cash maker for the Taliban and al Qaeda. One official told the NY Times: “We think the Americans want to keep this source of infection near us. Because of the animosity between Iran and the US, this is the best way to keep our resources and forces occupied.”

Apparently Iran doesn't see drug addiction as a crime, but rather a disease and geopolitical tool. Are you surprised Iranian society and government is so open about drug addiction?


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