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LIGNET: Iran Confronting Twin Scourges of Heroin Addiction, AIDS Epidemic

Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 03:48 PM

Image: LIGNET: Iran Confronting Twin Scourges of Heroin Addiction, AIDS Epidemic
Javad, age 45, an Iranian drug addict who used to be a truck driver, injects himself with heroin at a park in a working class neighborhood in southern Tehran on June 28, 2006. Iran is believed to have at least two million regular drug users – and may have as many as 3.5 million. (AFP/Getty Images)
While Iran is perceived in the West as an ultra-conservative country, over the past decade it has seen a dramatic rise in serious drug abuse and associated HIV infections. This was ignored by the regime for years, but has now reportedly reached epidemic proportions. Iran needs help, and counternarcotics may be the one area where the United States and Iran can cooperate.

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While Iran is perceived in the West as an ultra-conservative country, over the past decade it has seen a dramatic rise in serious drug abuse and associated HIV infections.
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