With approximately 8% of the population being addicted, Iran’s drug problem is described as one of the “worst in the world”. Each year, 130,000 new people become addicted to drugs in Iran, a country with 70 million inhabitants.
Not surprisingly as Iran lies directly in the path of the world’s largest flow of heroin. An estimated 140 metric tons of opium leaves Afghanistan every year into Iran and only 23 percent if it is seized each year. Further more, high unemployment figures due to poor economic reform policies and international sanctions cause desperation among the population and drive the drug use.