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Iranian statement on drug demand reduction

There are 1.2 million addicts in Iran. We have taken considerable measures to reduce drug use and its related harms in our country.

We encourage addicts to go to treatment. We financially support them to do so and offer free counselling.

Our drug policy focuses on preliminary prevention, the changing of consumption patterns, collaboration with the private sector and NGOs (of which there are 700 involved in this work in Iran), diversification of treatment systems and HIV prevention methods.

Since 2005, HIV prevalence among injecting drug users has remained stable in Iran.

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