Head of SWO made a speech for resident ambassadors and diplomats

On the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Head of SWO during a ceremony in presence with the resident Ambassadors and diplomats in Tehran, United Nations Resident Coordinator, UNICEF and WHO joined the event to commemorate and made a speech on 25th June.

On the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Head of SWO during a ceremony in presence with the resident Ambassadors and diplomats in Tehran, United Nations Resident Coordinator, UNICEF and WHO joined the event to commemorate  and made a speech on  25th June. Dr.Ghobadidana stated that SWO with launching 9 thousands centers to render different services including treatment, rehabilitation and empowerment services alongside social harms reduction centers has under coverage more than 1/400/000 addicts in country and  reached as a great treatment network in the region. He added the evidences confirm that illicit substance use, substance abuse disorder and addiction is one of the most important social ills in the world, which has a wide scope and burden, and has challenged the quality of human life; therefore, it is necessary to mobilize global determination to deal with it comprehensively. He made remark that according to the latest report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2018, some 269 million people worldwide have used an illicit addict at least once in the past year, equivalent to 5.4% of the global population aged 15 to 64. And is expected to reach 299 million by 2030.

The Head of State welfare organization continued: "Today, there is a growing understanding of the importance of reducing material demand along with combating material supply, and it has become clear to everyone that reducing material demand without considering comprehensive harm plans (harm reduction) and full rehabilitation is impossible. Therefore, the treatment system must act in a way that not only treats people with substance use disorders but also succeeds in their complete rehabilitation.

Dr.Ghobadidana stated that "a clear example of addiction treatment and harm reduction programs in the country is various models of treatment and harm reduction including outpatient treatment, residential treatment based  on the approach of peer groups, treatment-oriented communities, and comprehensive centers with a new treatment model based on continuous recovery, harm reduction centers, mobile teams, night shelters, and mobile harm reduction units and mobile vans.

"Buprenorphine is an effective drug in the treatment of addiction"

"Buprenorphine is a synthetic morphine-like analgesic that has unique therapeutic properties and is effective in treating addiction based on numerous clinical trials," he said. "Buprenorphine is derived from the alkaloid thebaine, which in addition to its analgesic effects in treatment." Substance use disorder also applies".

The head of state welfare organization, stating that over the past two decades, methadone maintenance treatment called “MMT” in our country in the form of drug abuse treatment centers has expanded significantly and said: "Currently with activity of 7000 centers, our country is considered as the largest maintenance network in the region.

Dr.Ghobadidana added: "Although this treatment model has many successful effects in controlling and reducing the harm of addiction and recovery of people with substance abuse disorders, it is obvious that it cannot meet all the needs of target groups alone. The treatment model benefited from other models and other drugs as well.

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