Cheap, widely available, and used by students and housewives alike, crystal meth is taking the Iranian capital by storm. The author of a new book about the country reports on an addiction that even the repressive regime is struggling to control
“What economic crisis? Business is good,” Bijan winks as he flashes his big, gap-toothed smile.
Bijan is a cook and dealer of sheesh –Crystal meth for sale – which has exploded on the Iranian drug market and, for the first time, overtaken heroin to become the country’s second most popular drug (opium still tops the list). Meth production in the country has been expanding at an astonishing rate. According to a 2013 study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Iranian government first reported the manufacture of the drug just six years ago, when four production facilities were seized. By 2012, though, Iran was the … Read More