War and Drugs: The Role of Military Conflict in the Development of Substance Abuse

1st Edition

Dessa K. Bergen-Cico

Routledge
Published June 30, 2012
Textbook - 198 Pages
ISBN 9781594518959 - CAT# Y223091

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Summary

War and Drugs explores the relationship between military incursions and substance use and abuse throughout history. For centuries, drugs have been used to weaken enemies, stimulate troops to fight, and quell post-war trauma. They have also served as a source of funding for clandestine military and paramilitary activity. In addition to offering detailed geopolitical perspectives, this book explores the intergenerational trauma that follows military conflict and the rising tide of substance abuse among veterans, especially from the Vietnam and Iraq-Afghan eras. Addiction specialist Bergen-Cico raises important questions about the past and challenges us to consider new approaches in the future to this longest of US wars.

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