Up to 4 percent of Iranian school students use methamphetamine

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Baku, Azerbaijan, April 21

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

About 4 percent of Iranian school students have used methamphetamine at least once in their life mainly in the ages between 16 to 17 years old.

The drug consumption mainly has occurred in the schools' testing periods, deputy secretary-general of the Iranian Anti-Narcotics Campaign Headquarters, Alireza Jazini said, the country's Mehr news agency reported on April 21.

He also went on to say that some 1.1 percent of the school students have experienced ecstasy pills. Jazini remarked that synthetic narcotics including methamphetamine and LSD(Lysergic acid diethylamide) are also used among university students, adding that hopelessness about the future, lack of leisure time and lack of self-confidence are the main reasons of students' tendency towards narcotics.

He went on to say that on average 10 people a day die of drug abuse, remarking that some 2858 drug addicted people died in the country in the last Iranian calendar year(ended on March 20).

The statistics say there are about two million drug users in Iran, with some 10 percent of that amount are women.

Iran is situated on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Gulf States. It was reported that some 500 tons of drugs were seized in the country during the last Iranian calendar year.

The fight against drugs annually costs Iran about $1 billion, according to the official estimates.

Every year, Iran burns more than 60 tons of seized drugs as a symbol of its determination to fight drugs.

Edited by C.N.

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