Iranian Government to Distribute Free Syringes to Drug Addicts
August 12, 2003
An official of Iran's Health Ministry today announced the agency will begin distributing free syringes to drug addicts in Tehran to fight the spread of AIDS and other diseases. "Syringes will be distributed by mobile teams in certain places in Tehran in exchange for used ones," Mohsen Vazirian told the Iran Labor News Agency. According to official estimates, Iran has more than 2 million drug addicts, of whom nearly 140,000 use syringes.
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