by Sajad Nosrati
One of the biggest problems in many countries is drug addiction and Iran is one of the countries that is fighting this problem.
In the South of Tehran there is a neighbourhood called Harandi. This neighbourhood is where many workers choose to live because it is located near several major bazaars in Tehran, which is where drugs are often sold. The other reason is the low cost of rented accommodation. Many of the addicts live collectively in group homes.
The presence of significant drug addicts in this neighbourhood has caused drug dealers and addicts to come to this area. For this reason, many residents have either left this area or have become addicts themselves. In recent years, many public and governmental institutions have begun trying to solve this problem. Several addiction treatment centres have opened in Harandi and recovering addicts are trying to start new lives. Schools have been created for the children of addicts to have a different future from their parents.