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Afghanistan and Iraq veterans were the ‘ground zero’ of the opioid crisis: Study | Washington Examiner

Afghanistan and Iraq veterans were the ‘ground zero’ of the opioid crisis: Study | Washington Examiner

Veterans of the global war on terrorism are experiencing the opioid epidemic nearly twice as severely as civilians, according to a study distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers affiliated with the University of Connecticut, University of Georgia, and San Diego State University concluded that combat veterans who were deployed after the 9/11 attacks have an opioid abuse rate seven times higher than civilians who have never served in a combat zone.  They found that chronic pain post-traumatic stress are contributing factors.

Source: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/afghanistan-and-iraq-veterans-were-the-ground-zero-of-the-opioid-crisis-study

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