Measures to Tackle Addiction

Measures to Tackle AddictionMeasures to Tackle Addiction

Provision of medical treatment and rehabilitation facilities are among the Health Ministry’s important measures to help substance abusers that have been rounded up from streets, said deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi.

“One of the most important missions of the ministry is curtailing social ills among addicts and help their integration back into society, although the ideal situation would be eradicating addiction in the first place,” he told ILNA.

In addition to preventive and rehabilitative programs, the ministry is also carrying out projects to curb high-risk behavior and its ramifications, namely transfer of infectious diseases, risky sexual behavior and aggression among abusers.

The services offered include methadone maintenance treatment for injecting drug addicts which is a comprehensive program that involves long-term prescribing of methadone as an alternative to the opioid on which the person is dependent.

Treatment courses are planned also for those with infectious diseases.