Baku, Azerbaijan, May 16
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
An official with Iran Drug Control Headquarters has warned against the growing number of women addicted to drugs in the country. Parviz Afshar has called on the government to deal with issue of drug addiction among women in the country, IRNA news agency reported. Afshar did not provide any statistics on the number of women abusing drugs in the country. However, Iran's Vice-President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi, said last year that women addicts represented 10 percent of the total number of addicts in Iran.
An Iranian official with the labor ministry estimated that there were about 1.350 million addicts in the country, last year.
Despite the efforts made by Iranian law enforcement forces to stop it, drug trafficking still remains as a serious issue in the country.
An Iranian anti-drugs official earlier said that drug abuse annually inflicts a damage of 450 trillion rials (about $14.9 billion on Feb. 20) to Iran's economy.
According to media reports, Iranians annually abuse about 450 tons of opium, which is equal to 42 percent of total opium consumed in the world.
Iranian officials say that the fight against drugs annually costs the country about $1 billion, while about two percent of Iranians abuse drugs.