Addiction and Crimes in Iran

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Invited lecturer at Islamic Azad University, Sciences & Research, Semnan Branch, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Islamic Azad University, Garmsar Branch, Iran

3 Professor at Department of Psychology, Baku State University, Baku, Azerbayjan

4 M.A. Student, Department of Law, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran


Illicit drug abuse continues to be a growing problem worldwide and a serious hazard to humanity. The crimes associated with drug abuse include sale or possession of drugs; property crimes or prostitution to support drug habits; and violent crimes reflecting out-of-control behavior. In fact, an offender drug use is involved in more than half of all violent crimes and in 60 to 80 percent of child abuse and neglect cases. Iran is one of the most polluted countries to drug and has one of the highest rates of addiction to substances. The main question in this paper was how much of occurred crimes are related to addiction and which crimes are related to addiction more than others? To answer these questions, we studied the criminal events of accidents page in the Iran newspaper. We analyzed 1420 criminal events in 284 numbers of the Iran newspaper from 2008-1-1 to 2009-1-1.The findings of the research showed that the most important crimes were murder (45.8%), robbery (25.4%), defraud (14.8%) and drug trafficking (12%). 26 percent of economic crimes were related to addiction and drug trafficking. The men had committed more than 70 percent of the crimes and the most of crimes had occurred in Tehran and the towns of around of Tehran. The most of murders had occurred in home and the most of crimes had designed already. The young, unemployed and married offenders had the highest frequency among others. The highest rate of crimes had occurred in December, October and November. The rate of offenders with the origin of rural is low and the most of murders and abducts had occurred before the noon and the most of robberies in the night.