Iran: Prisoner dies after using drug easily acquired in prison
A young inmate of Rajaei Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison identified as Abutaleb Kushki, has lost his life in prison due to using a new type of narcotics.
After thousands of executions and countless other deaths related to addictive drugs, psychoactive substance and narcotics are easily smuggled in prisons with prison officials in charge.
Vali Ali Mohammadi, head of ward 4 in Rajaei Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison, west of Tehran, where political prisoners are held, is an example.
Mohammadi is said to be in charge of infiltrating narcotics into this prison, selling at low prices to the inmates. He is known to attack political prisoners, destroying their belongings and/or gifting them to ordinary inmates.
State-backed drug trade has plagued Iran as it serves the IRGC’s objective in containing a discontented society and its rebellious youths. Iran has one of the world’s highest rates of heroin addiction.
The number of people suffering from drug addiction in Iran has more than doubled since 2011, according to a survey by a drug control group.
This figure is based on a survey by Iran’s Drug Control Organisation, which found that around 2.8 million Iranians are regularly consuming drugs.
However, the real figures could be much higher according to an expert on addiction in Iran.
Saeed Safatian, the head of a working group on drugs in the Expediency Council, told the Regime-affiliated IRNA news agency that respondents were not asked if they had any relatives who also struggled with addiction.
It is also possible that because of social stigma and the punishment for drug-related crimes in Iran, the respondents may have underreported their drug use.
The punishment for drug-related crimes is often imprisonment or execution under the Iranian Regime. Although, the biggest drug traffickers, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) manage to avoid prosecution because they are only accountable to the Supreme Leader.