ERBIL - Around 50% of Iraqi youths are possibly addicted to illegal drugs, the country's Supreme Judicial Council revealed on Tuesday.
The council cited a statement by Nabil al-Ta'ayi, judge of al-Musayyib, as pointing out that the rate of addiction to illicit drugs among the young people in Iraq may have reached 50 percent.
"The people who work with drugs and promote them are present in all regions, not in a specific region, but we can say that the largest percentage, about 70 percent of it, is in the poor neighborhoods and areas where unemployment and other social problems are high," he said.
"The poor economic conditions and the high unemployment rate led many people to take narcotic substances, thinking that it is removing them from this painful reality."
However, the judge noted that the rate has not officially been disclosed to the public yet, adding that the cases also include women and not men alone.