Lack of awareness, widespread unemployment, absence of solutions to address the economic and social conditions, complacency and weak legal penalties against drug dealers, corruption and the complicity of some governmental and political parties in the trade and promotion of drugs, and many other reasons that caused Iraq to transform from a transit point for drugs into a consumer during the last two decades, as the drug consumption and trade in Iraq has reached unprecedented levels, ravaging the body of Iraqi society, especially young men and women in universities, who constitute 70% of drug users.
This prompted many societal actors to invite decision-makers in the Iraqi state to amend the anti-drug law and tighten legal penalties against drug traffickers, in addition to controlling the country’s borders to eliminate this phenomenon. (
NIHR, while adding its voice to all voices calling for the elimination of this phenomenon, declares its readiness to participate in educating young people about the health and social risks of using drugs, as well as its willingness to participate in any initiative that carries effective solutions.

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