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War and Drugs

The Role of Military Conflict in the Development of Substance Abuse

Dessa K. Bergen-Cico



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27 June 2012
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.
By:   Dessa K. Bergen-Cico
Imprint:   Paradigm
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   295g
ISBN:   9781594518959
ISBN 10:   1594518955
Pages:   198
Publication Date:   27 June 2012
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

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

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 expose 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

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