US Troops High on Afghan Heroin
Boredom, frustration drive soldiers to cheap, ubiquitous drug
By Heather McPherson, Newser User
Posted Aug 7, 2007 11:15 AM CDT
An Afghan National Army soldier is seen destroying the opium poppies in a field, during a poppy eradication campaign in Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April. 2, 2007. Afghanistan...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Bored US soldiers have easy access to heroin in poppy-rich Afghanistan, and few fear punishment if they're caught using it, Salon reports. Filmmaker Shaun McCanna says he was able to score heroin easily on over a dozen occasions during his two trips to the war-torn country.

Bazaar shops are lined with bulletproof vests, helmets, and knives—military goods that are evidence of trades from soldiers seeking items like liquor, Viagra, and the omnipresent opiate. Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is often blamed for heroin’s heavy use among soldiers, but many addicts said in-country boredom and frustration with military operations triggered their drug use.

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thomasvesely
Oct 14, 2011 6:12 AM CDT
just like vietnam. but not like ohama beach. a big difference between righteous action and alleged national interest..
MEDIA151
Jul 27, 2010 10:52 AM CDT
7/27/10- While CNN, MSNBC and Fox are all talking about leaked classified documents the real story is that US Troops are getting High on Afghan Heroin. I've seen this movie before and it gets uglier by the minute. Perhaps the leaked classified material is the smoke screen to cover the real story. Any way it's business as usual and theres not a damn thing anyone can do about it.
Guest
Jun 28, 2009 11:24 PM CDT
Gee, maybe the military should start addressing mental illness more effectively within it's ranks? When I was in the Navy, they did nothing. I believe they would have given you the middle finger and a medical discharge. The Army's reaction to the growing suicide rate in Iraq and Afghanistan? "Don't do it." That's real effective. I agree with Clinton - I loathe the military.