The Iranian representative described that despite multiple efforts, they are witnessing an increasing amount and diversity of illicit drug use as well as increasing numbers of people suffering from addiction, HIV and hepatitis. Iran has the highest amount of drug seizures in the region and these increased by 34% from 2007 to 2008.
In 2008, approximately 600,000 individuals were admitted to drug treatment services, a significant increase from 2007. The representative stated that they have managed to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS.
They called upon the global community, and particularly the CND, to give priority to countering the cultivation of illicit substances in Afghanistan and to contribute to alternative development plans, based on the principle of shared responsibilty.