May 5, 2012
Using illicit drugs while at war was certainly an issue during the Vietnam War. It appears to be a problem now in Afghanistan too.
In the past two years the US Army has investigated 56 soldiers for drug use and eight soldiers have overdosed during this time period. This according to the Daily Mail.
The U.S. Army says that while the presence of readily available opium - the raw ingredient for heroin - is a concern, opiate abuse has not been an extensive problem for troops in Afghanistan.