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MAP - Drugnews - Iran

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Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:36:16 -0800

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Iran: Marijuana Use Is Rising in Iran, With Little Interference

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 07:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 26 Jun 2016 - TEHRAN - At the Tehran party there was alcohol, of course, though it was a quiet affair, nothing like the wild, over-the-top events of urban legend. People just sat at a table, sipping drinks and talking as they would in many places across the world. After a while, someone made a phone call, and a few minutes later the doorbell rang and in walked a nondescript-looking man getting on in years. He worked quickly, opening his briefcase to put his goods on display - - an impressive variety of locally produced marijuana brands with varying degrees of potency, with names such as Royal Queen, DNA and Nirvana. All the while, his phone kept ringing, and though Iranian etiquette prescribes that he allow the partygoers to take their time in choosing, he kept discreetly checking his watch. He had a lot of other stops to make.

Iran: Iran Facing Drug Abuse Crisis

Sat, 03 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT

Daily Mail, 03 Jan 2015 - Iran is facing a female drug-abuse crisis as the number of young, well-off and well-educated women using substances continues to rise. At least six million of Iran's 77.7 million population have drug related problems, according to official reports.

Iran: Heads Of 3 Branches Of Govt Decide To Intensify Drug War

Mon, 26 Dec 2011 08:00:00 GMT

Tehran Times, 26 Dec 2011 - TEHRAN -- The heads of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government held a meeting at the judiciary chief's office on Monday. During the meeting, President Ahmadinejad, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani, and Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani discussed a range of regional and international issues, particularly the developments occurring in the region.

IRAN: Don't Praise Iran's War On Drugs

Fri, 05 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT

The Guardian, 05 Aug 2011 - Riding Roughshod Over the Rule of Law and the Right to Life May Be Effective, but Iran's Killing Spree Violates International Law The Iranian regime won high praise last month from Yuri Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Iran had "one of the world's strongest counter-narcotics responses", he said, and its good practices "deserve the acknowledgement of the international community".

Iran: Iran Hosts Regional Summit On Fighting Drugs, Extremism

Sun, 24 May 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Khaleej Times, 24 May 2009 - TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hosted a summit with his Pakistani and Afghan counterparts on Sunday aimed at finding ways to combat Islamic extremism and drug smuggling in the region. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari both headed high-level delegations.

Iran: HIV Rates On The Rise In Iran

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Times, 14 Jun 2007 - TEHRAN: HIV infection rates in Iran are increasing rapidly due both to a growing inflow of cheap heroin from Afghanistan and more sexually transmitted cases, according to a senior United Nations official. Christian Salazar, the world body's coordinator on HIV in Iran, praised the country's "progressive and pragmatic" efforts in fighting the virus that causes AIDS, including a programme to hand out clean needles to drug addicts in prisons. But he said the Islamic Republic now faced new challenges to contain a disease that risked becoming more common among other sections of its 70 million population.

Iran: AIDS Crisis Brings Radical Change In Iran's Response To Heroin Use

Mon, 25 Jul 2005 07:00:00 GMT

Washington Post, 25 Jul 2005 - Health Concerns Given Precedence Over Prosecution TEHRAN -- Fearing an AIDS epidemic, Iran's theocratic government has dropped a zero-tolerance policy against increasingly common heroin use and now offers addicts low-cost needles, methadone and a measure of social acceptance.

Iran: Iran Helping Cut Heroin Traffic From Afghanistan

Sun, 18 Jun 2006 07:00:00 GMT

Arizona Daily Star, 18 Jun 2006 - WASHINGTON -- The critical fight against the illicit drug trade in Afghanistan is getting help from an unlikely source: Iran. Though rarely discussed in this country, Iran's role in combating Afghan trafficking has been by all accounts highly positive and has come at great cost, reflected most dramatically in the deaths of thousands of Iranian border police. Iran also has helped build security border posts inside Afghanistan to catch or deter narcotics smugglers, a program described to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by the former Afghan interior minister who worked with Iranians to develop it. "Very constructive role" "Iran has played a very constructive role in combating the drug trade, especially along the border it shares with Afghani-stan," said Antonio Costa, executive director of the Vienna-based United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Iran's Afghan aid, he said, includes "providing economic support to help opium farmers switch to alternative crops." Iran's effort is occurring against a backdrop of volatile developments: ● The mounting opium poppy cultivation and heroin production in Afghanistan fuels a fierce insurgency that aims to overthrow the Afghan government. U.S.-led forces are conducting their largest offensive since 2001 against insurgents in the drug-ridden provinces in the south. ● Three straight years of bumper crops have flooded Iran and Western Europe with Afghan heroin, a trail now leading to the United States as well, with Chicago the chief distribution center. Missouri and Illinois officials say the highly pure heroin is attracting younger, affluent users and causing a spike in overdoses. ● U.S. talk about Iran in recent months has been sharply negative amid concerns over the Middle East nation's pursuit of a nuclear program. "You never hear about it"

Kurds Blame Iranians for Drugs and More

Mon, 20 Mar 2006 08:00:00 GMT

Toronto Star, 20 Mar 2006 - Turkey No Longer the Only Neighbour That Worries Iraq's Autonomous North His desk is cluttered with a pair of Motorola walkie-talkies, a handgun and several thousand dollars' worth of confiscated opium and hashish. Despite the impressive haul of drugs seized near the Iranian border, the Kurdish counter-narcotics official is not happy.