Report: Drug Use, Dealing by Soldiers in Afghanistan Increase

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A new report reveals increased drug use among U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. The statistics reveal that eight American soldiers died of drug overdoses while the Pentagon is investigating 56 other soldiers on suspicion of using or distributing heroin, morphine or other opiates during deployments to Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011.

Additionally, CNN reported that heroin use is on the rise in the Army, with the number of soldiers testing positive for heroin growing from 10 instances in 2002 to 116 in 2010. An investigation found that American soldiers purchased heroin from Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police personnel. Soldiers also bought from Afghan juveniles.

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime reports that Afghanistan is still the greatest producer of illicit opium in the entire world, ahead of Myanmar.