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.
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