Many countries fill their jails with drug users, but Iran’s addicts avoid prison and even fines if they complete drug rehabilitation. The UN has called Iran a regional leader for its widespread construction of treatment centers, use of methadone in recovery programs and distribution of syringes among addicts to prevent AIDS.
The destruction caused by the US-led invasion has made Afghanistan’s opium crop even more important, with price and production levels increasing since war began in 2001. The US and NATO spend far more money on bombings, police training and building infrastructure than solving the key issue: getting Afghan farmers to grow other crops effectively. But there’s no profit for the NATO coalition in improving crop yields.
Poppy production in Afghanistan and Pakistan has led Iran to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on walls and fortifications, and causes an average of four armed clashes a day.
When you combine Iran’s efforts to stop drug trafficking, it’s focus on the needs of the Afghan farmer and its enlightened view of drug addiction as a chronic health disease and not as a weakness which deserves a prison sentence, it’s clear that few countries are solving the drug problem as effectively as Iran.
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