Eight American soldiers died of overdoses involving heroin, morphine, or other opiates during deployments in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011, according to US Army investigative reports. CNN reports, these overdoses were revealed in documents detailing how the army investigated 56 soldiers on suspicion of possessing, using, or distributing heroin or other opiates. Heroin use is on the rise in the Army, and military statistics show that the number of soldiers testing positive for heroin has grown from 10 instances in 2002, to 116 instances in 2010.
Although Army officials did not respond, records show that soldiers bought drugs from Afghan juveniles, and Afghan interpreter, and an employee of a Defense Department contractor. Much of this opiate use occurs in Afghanistan, who is estimated to supply 90% of the world's opium. Records show some soldiers are using heroin, but much of the opiate abuse by US soldiers in Afghanistan involves prescription drugs such as Percocet.
The investigative reports also show soldiers using other drugs, as well, including steroids and marijuana.
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