Аnd the most important thing is that Iran has managed to build its own harm reduction system, sustainable in its own way. It is not like any other western system and not quite like the systems described in manuals and recommended by WHO and UNAIDS. There is one million and three hundred thousand of people who inject drugs in Iran and more than 400 thousand of them get opioid substitution therapy (OST). Yes, you read it right. We asked different people in different agencies and it is true – in the last years the number of OST clients has risen to 430, 000. Iran’s Drug Control Headquarters, Ministry of Health, Social Welfare Organization, and National Centre for Addiction Studies are very proud of this number.
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