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dateline: 28 June 2017

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Drug Addiction in Iran Has Doubled

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • addiction: something that one develops an unhealthy dependence on; a thing or habit that is very difficult to give up
  • opium: an addictive drug made from poppies
  • extract: to take out of something
  • resin: a sticky plant substance
  • consume: to eat or take into the body
  • gateway: an entrypoint
  • trafficker: a person who transports illegal substances or people

Drug Addiction in Iran Has Doubled

According to a recent survey by Iran’s Drug Organization, drug addiction in Iran has doubled in the past six years. Approximately 2.8 million people in Iran are drug users. Their drug of choice is opium. Opium is the main found in heroin and is extracted from poppy resin. It close to 70% of the drugs consumed in Iran, where it is traditionally smoked in pipes. About 90% of the world’s opium comes from , and Iran is the main gateway for traffickers.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why does the report mention Afghanistan?
  2. Where did the statistics come from?
  3. How do opiate users in Iran typically consume the drug?

Discussion Question: Many well-educated, unemployed young women are addicted to drugs in Iran. Why do you think so many women that fit this description are addicted to drugs?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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