Did the War on Terror Ignite an Opioid Epidemic?

  title={Did the War on Terror Ignite an Opioid Epidemic?},
  author={Resul Cesur and Joseph J. Sabia and William D. Bradford},
  journal={Political Economy - Development: Health eJournal},
Grim national statistics about the U.S. opioid crisis are increasingly well known to the American public. Far less well known is that U.S. war veterans are at ground zero of the epidemic, facing an overdose rate twice that of civilians. Post-9/11 deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq have exposed servicemembers to injury-related chronic pain, psychological trauma, and cheap opium supplies, each of which may fuel opioid addiction. This study is the first to estimate the causal impact of combat… 
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