Qaribabadi referred to the report of UN Office on Drugs and Crime released last week, saying, 644 tons out of 704 tons of opium, 25 tons out of 97 tons of heroin, and 21 tons out of 43 tons of morphine worldwide have been discovered by Iran alone.
With the discovery of a total of 690 tons out of 844 tons of opium, heroin and morphine (equivalent to 82%), Iran is the flag-bearer of seizing opium and its derivatives in the world, he said.
According to the US report, Iran has confiscated some 100 tons of Hashish in 2018, Iran’s envoy added.
In relevant remarks on Friday, Kazzem Qaribabadi said Iran’s anti-narcotics campaign is not merely dependent on “fighting”, but it also includes other preventive measures.
“Iran has a balanced, intelligent approach in the field of narcotics; the country has put preventive measures and plans to raise awareness about the negative impacts of drug abuse high on its agenda in a bid to reduce the demand for narcotics in the society,” Qaribabadi wrote on his Instagram page on Friday on the occasion of ‘International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking’, which is marked on June 26 every year.
“In this vein, more than 1.6 individuals were referred to over 9,000 healthcare centers in the country in the past Iranian year (ended March 19),” he added.
The diplomat stressed that last year, 30 Iranian forces were martyred in 2,319 operations against drug trafficking.
Iran’s forces also disbanded over 1,886 drug-trafficking gangs in the past year and seized over 950 tons of various drugs from them, he added.
Tehran has always called for global assistance in these operations, Qaribabadi underlined, noting that others, especially European governments, should take responsibility and play a positive role in this fight or face its threats.