DRUGS IN IRAQ:
It was inevitable, of course - but now an AP report (July 17, by Sinan Salaheddin) confirms that "Iraqis turn to drugs to escape violence." Noting the shift from the days of Saddam Hussein, the point is made that "the abuse of prescription and illegal drugs has become more widespread than alcoholism." No numbers are given, and heroin dependence is not singled out for mention - though street "lingo" is said to have developed for valium, tegretol and methadone ("the opiate that's medically prescribed for treating heroin addiction but also can be abused").
Anyone have any information about heroin/opium use in Iraq? Any data on opiate and/or other drug problems among "coalition" troops in Iraq or Afghanistan?