Iran’s Children: Victims of Drug-Addiction

By Heshmat Alavi

Children addicted to drugs are victims of the corrupt mullahs’ regime in Iran. The numbers have been rising at an alarming rate. In other words, the subject of babies born as drug-addicts is yet another atrocity in the Iranian people’s puzzle of pains and poverty.

Women who have fallen victims to drugs bring to life innocent newborns and transfer this horrific inheritance to their children.

Mostafa Saraj, Director of the City Health Department in Tehran Province referred to the fact that 80 to 90 percent of babies born from drug-addicted mothers lose their lives.

“The death of these newborns in nurseries is quite common and we cannot do anything,” he said according to the Salamat News website.

Iran’s startling numbers

Various organisations report 73% of children suffering from drug addiction are boys and 27% are girls. 31% of these children have not reached the age of going to school, 36% have not gone to school, 20% have dropped out of school and 13% are currently in school. Most of these children are in elementary school.

Drug addiction amongst school children is on the rise due to using “industrial, psychedelics and chemical narcotics”, according to Hassan Mousavi Chalak, head of the Iran Aid Workers Association.

Groups involved in smuggling and distributing narcotics target young schoolchildren as they can be a source of income for years to come, he added.

The budget allocated to confront and prevent drug addiction amongst schoolchildren is far below what is necessary.

“In today’s world, $20 is spent for each student in the fight against drug addiction, while in Iran we are spending half a dollar,” chair of the Iranian parliament’s Education & Research Commission said.

Confirming statistics of 30,000 drug addicts amongst Iran’s schoolchildren, he called on the regime’s officials to blueprint a plan for this issue.

Facts show Iran is in the path of the world’s most active narcotics highway. Despite all the country’s borders being supposedly closed to drug smugglers, a number of drugs found in Iran is literally unbelievable.

Regime does nothing

Unfortunately, the regime in Iran prefers to have the youth involved in drugs to quell their voice and silence any questioning of the mullahs’ rule. A program by state TV in Iran admitted the drug addiction age has decreased to eight, meaning even small children are now targeted.

How can such a young child become so easily addicted? Many experts argue the reason is drugs in Iran are very easy to obtain. Numbers show these narcotics can be purchased much faster than standing in line at a bakery for a loaf of bread.

All this is taking place at a time when the mullahs’ regime in Iran is continuously jailing and/or executing people under the pretext of drug smuggling, claiming a role in fighting drugs. However, how true is this claim?

“Poverty, people resorting to living in city outskirts and the increasing issue of drug addiction are spreading like a disease across the country while no short or long-term plan is seen to prevent this phenomenon… and children are the main victims,” an expert said, shedding light how Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has failed to take any action in this regard.

“In our hospitals, no care is provided until a child reaches the overdose stage. Iran’s medical system has no initiative to help child drug addicts rehabilitate,” he continued.

Unfortunately, each day three or four babies are born #Addicted To Drugs. Iran is also home to two million child workers. No institution in the #iranian regime has any responsibility to take any action on babies being born addicted and the alarming trend of children becoming addicted to drugs. We are also witnessing how poverty is forcing families to literally sell their newborns.

As long as Iran continues to execute low-profile drug dealers and no action is taken against those in power in Tehran, we will only witness more of the same.

via  Iran’s Children: Victims of Drug-Addiction — Iran Commentary

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