Drug Crackdowns

The use of narcotics, particularly opium, has always been a problem in Iran. Having Afghanistan, the world's biggest opium producer, as a neighbor means that the problem not only persists but is getting worse. Opiates are not the only issue, as Iranians' use of cannabis and synthetic drugs is increasing. Street dealers and drug addicts in poor areas of Tehran are the main victims of the occasional police raids.

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