For hundreds of years, drugs have been affecting social, economical and political life in Iran. The UN considers Iran to be in one of the worst addiction crises in the world. Iranians consume more than two tons of drugs each day. According to official government statistics, three million are regular drug users, but in reality the numbers are higher. Nearly half of prisoners are incarcerated due to drug charges. The authorities believe the solution is heavy sentencing, therefore hundreds of people are executed each year due to drug charges. Economic downturn and social oppression are among the main causes, increasing the number of addicts and influencing every social class.