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A Soldier’s Fix: “You want whiskey?” “No, heroin.”

Shaun McCanna of Salon.com tells how easy it is for soldiers to score cheap, pure heroin in Afghanistan, the country-of-origin for 90 percent of the world’s heroin supply: Experts think it could be a decade before the true scope of … Read More

By / August 7, 2007

Shaun McCanna of Salon.com tells how easy it is for soldiers to score cheap, pure heroin in Afghanistan, the country-of-origin for 90 percent of the world’s heroin supply:

Experts think it could be a decade before the true scope of heroin use in Iraq and Afghanistan is known. Dr. Jodie Trafton, a healthcare specialist with the VA's Center for Health Care Evaluation in Palo Alto, Calif., says it takes five or 10 years after a conflict for veterans to enter the system in significant numbers. The VA has recently seen a surge in cases from the first U.S. war in Iraq. "We're just starting to get a lot of Gulf War veterans," she explains.

 

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