Iran Focus: Tehran, Jan. 13 - There are at least 150,000 drug addicts in the city of Mashad (northeast Iran), according to the head of the city's Central Medical Bureau.
"According to recent statistics there are 150,000 drug addicts
at present in Mashad", Rajab Hedayatnia said. Iran Focus

Tehran, Jan. 13 - There are at least 150,000 drug addicts in the city of Mashad (northeast Iran), according to the head of the city's Central Medical Bureau.

"According to recent statistics there are 150,000 drug addicts at present in Mashad", Rajab Hedayatnia said.

He added that men comprised 98 percent of these addicts and the remainder were women.

Hedayatnia admitted that over the past year, only 3,570 drug users had received treatment in specialized clinics, adding that the number of addicts was continuing to grow.

The total number of illegal drug users in Iran is estimated to be more than seven million.