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An interesting piece on the rise of drug use in Tunisia since the revolution, here.

While the article points out that there are no conclusive figures confirming this, it nonetheless presents a parallel with the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

In a study conducted by the Rehabilitation Centre at Shiraz that year, the results revealed:

a broader social range of addicts than before; and that action by the authorities was bringing many recently-addicted individuals to clinics.

Heroin use predominated among those who were urban residents, whilst villagers were more likely to be opium users. [source]

In Tunisia the range of drugs is equally as striking as the demography of the users:

Illegal drugs, such as marijuana and pills, are sold openly in front of middle and high schools, with no one interfering to prevent it. It has even reached the point where students are going to class under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The same questions are raised now as in 1979: why the increase?

While the article concludes that parental pressure to excel in exams is significant, it both moves away from the headline point and plays down the impact of socio-political change.

There has been a reluctance to compare the Iranian and Tunisian revolutions, but in cases such as these, there is a deeper understanding to be drawn on what could follow after the dust settles.