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.
“Department of Defense and U.S. Army reports observe that the prolonged operations tempo with rapid redeployment stresses active duty service members, threatens troop readiness, and challenges resilience. Dessa Bergen-Cico’s analysis in War and Drugs echoes these observations and sets the current challenge in historical context. Readers concernced with the health and safety of soldiers, sailors, marines, and aviators will find her book of value.” —World Medical & Health Policy Journal
"War and Drugs weaves a meticulously referenced exposé that implicitly links most major armed conflicts and political unrests with drug abuse and addiction…The information presented in War and Drugs is…powerful, gutsy, and disturbing."
--Darryl S. Inaba, Director of Education Training for CNS Productions and one of the original founders of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic in San Francisco
"War and Drugs views the drugs, war, and soldiering nexus through a diverse set of lenses. At a time when the war on drugs is reaching a terrible nadir, it provides a timely contribution to the drug war discourse."
--Danny Kushlick, Head of External Affairs, Transform Drug Policy Foundation, United Kingdom
Preface Acknowledgments One Introduction: The Escalation of War and Drugs in Relation to One Another Two Drugs and war Three The Opium Wars Four Drugs and the U.S. Civil War Five French Connections and the Corsican Brothers Six High Hitler: World War II Seven The Cold War Was Hot for the Drug Trade Eight Project Bluebird and MK-ULTRA Nine The Vietnam War and the Blowback at Home Ten Mexico's Drug War Eleven Drugs and the Afghan Wars Twelve PTSD and Substance Abuse Among Veterans of the Afghan and Iraq Wars Thirteen Conclusion: The Seven-Generations Cost of War Notes Index About the Author