Iran to Launch Crackdown on Drug Addicts
November 28, 2005
Iran's justice minister said during a regular news briefing on Nov. 22 that drug users would soon be arrested and sent to rehabilitation camps if they do not soon become substance-free. "Addicts are criminals; this is a serious warning to them to kick the habit before they are arrested," said Jamal Karimi Rad. Under former President Mohammad Khatami, drug users were regarded as "criminals who need to be healed" instead of incarcerated. To head off a quick growth in HIV infections, nongovernmental organizations and government-funded clinics began offering drug users clean needles and substitution therapy.
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