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

ISBN-10: 1594518955

ISBN-13: 9781594518959

Edition: 2012

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War and Drugsexplores 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. From the Opium Wars through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, themes of colonialism, capitalism, and anticommunism have constructed the foundation for the current crisis of international drug trafficking and addiction. 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—especially to that longest of U.S. wars: the erstwhile War on Drugs.
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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Dessa K. Bergen-Cico is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Nutrition Sciences in the College of Human Ecology and lead faculty for the Addiction Studies Program at Syracuse University. Dr Bergen-Cico is a Certified Addiction Specialist. In addition to conducting research with veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse, she has served as the director of the University's substance abuse counseling center and sexual assault crisis services.

Introduction: The Escalation of War and Drugs in Relation to One Another
Drugs and War
The Opium Wars
Drugs and the U.S. Civil War
French Connections and the Corsican Brothers
High Hitler: World War II
The Cold War Was Hot for the Drug Trade
Project Bluebird and MK-ULTRA
The Vietnam War and the Blowback at Home
Mexico's Drug War
Drugs and the Afghan Wars
PTSD and Substance Abuse Among Veterans of the Afghan and Iraq Wars
Conclusion: The Seven-Generations Cost of War
About the Author
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