Opiate abuse on the rise among U.S. soldiers

Abuse of prescription drugs and heroin is becoming more common among U.S. troops, with eight American soldiers dying of overdoses during deployments in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011, according to U.S. Army investigative reports recently released to CNN. The number of soldiers testing positive for heroin has grown from 10 instances in fiscal year 2002 to 116 in fiscal year 2010, the article says.

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About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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