Substance Abuse in Iran; A Brief Overview. Rabert Farnam MD Shiraz Welfare Organization Yaas Addiction Center Shiraz, Iran. Iran; some basic facts. Located in Middle East Population: 68,000,000 / 40% below 15 Yr Population growth rate: 1.3% Annual per capita income: 2,300$.
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Substance Abuse in Iran; A Brief Overview
Rabert Farnam MD
Shiraz Welfare Organization
Yaas Addiction Center
Epidemiological Study of Drug Abuse in IRAN (2001)
Till 1996 there was no medical treatment allowed for addiction!
Drug use was a crime and drug users criminals!!!
In 1996 the law changed as;
Drug use is still a crime but if drug users seek treatment they are free from prosecution!
More than 14,000 are on naltrexone maintenance but formerly it was 20,000
Outpatient detoxification in governmental centers; currently 110 centers
Outpatient detoxification in private centers; currently 600 centers
Narcotic anonymous groups; currently more than 12,000 members
Therapeutic communities; currently > 30 centers
Naltrexone treatment; 14,000 patients in NMT
Pilot MMT projects
MMT in governmental centers; currently >3,500 cases
MMT in private centers and offices; currently 1,000 cases
MMT in prisons; currently 1,500 cases
Buprenorphine registered for substance abuse treatment
1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005