He said that at least 100,000 high school students were drug addicts and that their number was on the rise. Fallah reiterated that 60% of the country's drug addicts are under 30 years of age.
Previously, officials of the clerical regime's Anti-narcotics Task Force said that there were 100,000 prisoners in the country on drug-related charges and that the number of drug addicts in Iran had doubled in the past four years. Currently, Iran has an estimated four million drug addicts, one of the highest in the world.
The clerical regime is itself the main distributor of drugs in the country as its agents deliberately propagate the use of drugs among the youth and teenagers, particularly high school and university students, in order to distract them from involvement in antigovernment activities. The regime's leaders control the drug distribution network through certain gangs within the Revolutionary Guards Corps and State Security Forces.
The mullahs have also relied on illegal drug trade as an important source of badly-needed hard currency, which is partly spent on export of terrorism and fundamentalism abroad. The bulk of the narcotics is sent abroad through international drug trafficking rings.
The individuals executed as "drug dealers" are in fact those who have no ties with the criminal gangs inside the mullahs' regime and are regarded as "rivals."
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 10, 1998