MEK Iran: Increasing Drug Addiction Worsening Socio-Economic Crisis
Iran has devolved into a degenerate society with no human values left for its people and no financial resources to live in dignity during the mullahs’ 43-year reign. Unemployed, hopeless, and desperate youth are entrapped by drug gangs controlled and operated by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). According to an interview with an addiction expert named Saeed Safatian conducted last year and published by the state-run website 55 Online, more than 4.4 million of Iran’s 80 million people are now addicted
More than 4.4 million of Iran’s 80 million are addicted
According to this website, the most heart-breaking fact is that Iranian addicts are no longer using traditional drugs derived from natural sources. Rather, these media outlets claim that 60 percent of addicts are now using industrial drugs, with 40 percent addicted to psychedelics. Cannabis is the first psychedelic substance, followed by Amphetamines. Cannabis usage has risen dramatically in recent years, lowering the country’s average age of addiction.
“Even now, given that Iran has a population of about 85 million, the number of addicts is more than four million,” this Safatian said, referring to the regime’s success in combating addiction and decreasing the number of addicted people in the country. Our fight against drugs, in my opinion, has not been successful, and no one can claim that it has been.
60 percent of addicts are now using industrial drugs
“Of course, one could say that our campaign was successful, but when we asked several experts, they all said it was not. Especially during Mr. Rouhani’s weak government. This means that, when comparing governments, Mr. Rouhani’s government, with all of its plans, was possibly one of the weakest in the fight against drugs.”
The country’s rising addiction rate should be combined with the country’s rising unemployment rate: According to Asghar Kesht Kar, vice president of the University of Applied Sciences, the unemployment rate among university graduates in Iran is 42 percent, as per a report published by the state-run news agency ISNA on January 13, 2022. He stated that the unemployment rate for undergraduates was 31%, 3% for the illiterate, 42% for those with higher education, and 24% for those with a diploma.
There is no doubt that youth addiction is part of the official policy
In other words, university graduates account for the majority of urban unemployed. These unemployed classifications pose a significant threat to the ruling political system. As a result, there is no doubt that youth addiction is part of government institutions’ official policy to distract society, particularly youths, from their legitimate demands and freedom.
On January 16, 2022, the regime’s state-run website pg news reported the annual death of 50,000 to 60,000 people from smoking, and added, “Referring to the situation of addiction in the country, Taqi Rostam Wandy, the head of the Social Affairs Organization, mentioned addiction as a discussion of ‘life’ and ‘death,’ and added that between 50,000 and 60,000 people in the country die due to smoking annually.”
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