Iran is breaking bad: Drug abuse rising despite executions, police raids

February 12, 2015 4:27 PM

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Iran is breaking bad: Drug abuse rising despite executions, police raids

Feb. 2, 2015: Drug addicts play volleyball at a treatment camp in Verdij, some 15 miles northwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Anti-narcotics and medical officials say more than 2.2 million of Iran's 80 million citizens already are addicted to illegal drugs, including 1.3 million on registered treatment programs. (AP)

Officials say methamphetamine production and abuse of hard drugs are skyrocketing in the country despite potentially lethal criminal penalties for users if they are caught. The increase is partly because of Iran's status as the gateway for the region's top drug exporter, Afghanistan — and partly bec...

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