Baku, Azerbaijan, June 27
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Pasteur Institute of Iran has produced morphine, heroine, and nicotine vaccines, said Alireza Jazini, the deputy secretary general of Iran's Drug Fight Headquarters.
He urged the Health Ministry to issue the permission as soon as possible for using the vaccines to immune vulnerable people, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on June 27.
The vaccines have been tested successfully on humans and animals, he said, adding that the vaccines will be sold at low prices.
Annually about 450 metric tons of opium is consumed in Iran, Rouzbeh Kardouni, the head of Social Vulnerabilities Office at the Ministry of Cooperatives Labor and Social Welfare said Feb. 16.
The figure is equal to 42 percent of total opium consumption in the world, Kardouni said.
The official further said that over 1.3 million people suffer drug addiction in Iran.
He added that the number of people who use narcotics has increased by 70 people per day in the last five years.
According to official estimates, the fight against drugs annually cost Iran about $1 billion.