Methamphetamine use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up

December 8, 2014 5:32 AM

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Women in headscarves and men in tatty clothes puff on a glass pipe as smoke swirls around their faces. The pictures published by Iranian media and blogs in recent months are a sign of a new drug epidemic: shishe, or methamphetamine.

Shishe means "glass" in Farsi, a reference to the appearance of the drug in some of its purest forms.

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