Islamic Republic of Iran Drug Control Headquarters organized an event to commemorate the works of Police and law enforcement in Iran against drugs and drug trafficking on 23 June in advance of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Experts and officials from Drug Control Headquarters, Anti Narcotic Police, Border Police, Judiciary, Customs, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health, State Welfare Organization, Ministry of Intelligence, Revolutionary Guard Corps, Basij Forces, Red Crescent, and IRIB Broadcasting participated in the event. Members of various government organizations joined the meeting from 31 Provinces through the internet. Secretary-General of the Drug Control Headquarters, Deputy Head of Police, Deputy Prosecutor General of the Judiciary, and UNODC Iran Country Representative were speakers at this event.
The Secretary-General of the Islamic Republic of Iran Drug Control Headquarters welcomed and appreciated the participation of national counterparts and UNODC Iran Country Representative in the event. He acknowledged technical assistance and equipment provision by UNODC for the cause of drug control in Iran. He reiterated the principle of common and shared responsibility by UNODC and the international community in the fight against drugs. He referred to efforts made by the Iranian law enforcement and Police in the fight against drugs and stated that as reported by the Police, in Iran 73% of seizures were done through intelligence exchange in 2020 and 72% of seizures were done in eastern provinces of Iran. During the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran, Drug Control Headquarters provided and distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other sanitary commodities among street users and NGOs working with drug users.
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