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12/20/08

HIV+ disease spread among injection addicts decreased 7%: Iranian Official

Tehran, Dec 19, IRNA - Remedy and Rehabilitation Deputy of Narcotic Drug Abuse Campaign Headquarters said here Friday thanks to that headquarter's moves, according to Health Ministry statistics, spread of HIV+ disease among country's injection addicts has decreased 7% during past three years.

Saeid Sefatian added in an interview with IRNA Social Desk reporter, "In accordance with research works, 67% of the AIDS - HIV+ victims in the country have got inflicted due to polluted sharing syringes, and the lowered statistics is thanks to cooperation among our headquarters, the Health Ministry, the NGOs, the Prisons Organization, and the training and back up national services."

On putting to use automatic syringe selling machines, the Deputy Remedy and Rehabilitation Head of the Narcotic Abuse Campaign Headquarters said, "That was a very minute part of the hazard decrease program and saying that we are going to install such machines across Iran is neither right, nor in our program."

On opium syrup, too, he said, "This program is in study phase and we are surveying the results over 2,000 opium addicts." He said that the drug, that is an addictive substance itself, is prescribed for a certain group of opium addicts, as it cannot be a remedy for all of them.

Sefatian added, "There are two types of drugs for the addicts, one of which in non-addictive, which is naturally preferable."

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