Tehran, Oct 27, IRNA - Addiction is the fourth major cause of death in Iran following road accidents, heart disease and depression, said the deputy health minister.
Speaking to IRNA on Monday, Hassan Emami-Razavi added at the regional seminar on reducing the damage of narcotics in Central, West Asia and Middle East that Iran is the first developing country in the world to manage to control and reverse the trend of AIDS among the needle junkies.
"Disorders in taking narcotics is a public challenge in all societies and entails much spending by countries," he noted.
Emami further said that in addition to the spread of diseases, addiction imposes other problems on the societies such as social complications, reduction in families' revenues, increasing traffic accidents and stepping up illegal activities.
Outlining the outcome of three decades of combat against addiction in Iran such as formation of a scientific look at the issue, he also said that fighting addiction is the responsibility of all sections of the society.
Health Ministry has taken preventive measures to combat the dilemma, he said, adding that it has distributed free syringes and needles to prevent the spread of the diseases.
In the past 26 years, the ministry has employed effective strategies to improve the access of the afflicted to legal facilities, Emami said.
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