The director of the Office of Research and Education in the Anti-Drug Department reported the age of drug use amongst most addicted women (37.06%) has reached below 15 to 20 years of age in Iran. “Glass”, opium and heroin are respectively the narcotics mostly used amongst women in Iran.
“The research focused on the level of education amongst addicted women. 20.63% of these women are illiterate, 17.83% have only preliminary education, 17.48% have intermediate education, 17.13% have diplomas and only 26.92% have received education above diploma,” Ali Ebadian said.
“11.98% of these women said the reason behind quitting school was unfit friends, 22.99% were married in their years in education, 43.98% had poor education conditions, and 21.05% complained about poor family conditions,” he added.
“Furthermore, 32.67% of these women are housewives, 11.43% are company workers and 55.9% are involved in service jobs. Moreover, 15.31% are single, 48.43% are married, 22.67 are divorced and 12.59% are widows,” this official said.
Ebadian said 37.06% of these women experience drug-use for the first time between the ages of 15 to 20.
“33.57% first used drugs when they were 20 to 25 years of age, 15.73% between the ages of 25 to 30, and 13.64% when they were 30 years old or above,” he continued.
“As you see most of these women (37.06%) began using drugs under the age of 20, meaning the age when these individuals should have finished high-school. However, they quit school due to various reasons mentioned above,” Ebadian reiterated.
“39.75% of these individuals described the reason behind resorting to drugs was fleeing from psychological pressures, 18.54% were curious, 17.8% were suffering from physical pains and disorders, 14.6% did it because of peer-pressure and 9.85% were seeking pleasure,” he added. (State-run Ana news agency – September 7, 2015)