How Vietnam War Veterans Broke Their Heroin Addictions | James Clear

February 20, 2015 9:21 PM

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How Vietnam War Veterans Broke Their Heroin Addictions | James Clear

It was 1971 and the Vietnam War was heading into its 16th year when two congressmen, Robert Steele from Connecticut and Morgan Murphy from Illinois, made a discovery that stunned the American public.

While visiting the troops in Vietnam, the two congressmen discovered that over 15 percent of U.S. soldiers had developed an addiction to heroin. (Later research, which tested every American soldier in Vietnam for heroin addiction, would reveal that 40 percent of servicemen had tried heroin and nearl...

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