What Vietnam Taught Us About Breaking Bad Heroin Habits

One theory about why the rates of heroin relapse were so low on return to the U.S. has to do with the fact that the soldiers, after being treated for their physical addiction in Vietnam, returned to a place radically different from the environment where their addiction took hold of them.

“I think that most people accept that the change in the environment, and the fact that the addiction occurred in this exotic environment, you know, makes it plausible that the addiction rate would be that much lower,” Nixon appointee Jerome Jaffe says.


For additional coverage of this topic see the two-part blog The “Lee Robins Study” and Its Legacy available at: http://pointsadhsblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/the-lee-robins-study-and-its-legacy-part-one/ and http://pointsadhsblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/the-lee-robins-study-and-its-legacy-part-two/

Source: National Public Radio – January 2, 2012