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Addiction and the Lessons of Vietnam

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

David Courtwright thoughtfully alerted your Points editors to the latest reprise of a four decade-long discussion of Vietnam’s legacy for the addiction research field, this one courtesy of NPR’s Morning Edition.  The report comes from NPR’s Alix Spiegel, and features a conversation with Jerry Jaffe regarding the impact and legacy of Lee Robins’ now-famous survey of returning servicemen that revealed surprisingly low rates of continued opiate use among opiate-using and opiate-addicted soldiers following their return from Vietnam.  Listen here and read the accompanying post.  Lots more to be said, but we’ve just got time to put the links up for now!


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