The Nation: Shrinking the Drug Specter

Viet Nam is not a particularly fertile field for good news, or for even relatively reassuring statistics. But it now appears that earlier, alarming reports on the extent of drug addiction among G.I.s there were exaggerated.

The G.I. drug problem was first driven home to the American public by former Army Secretary Stanley Resor and Connecticut Congressman Robert H. Steele, who reported that between 10% and 15% of U.S. troops in Viet Nam —or 26,000 to 39,000 men—had developed a heroin habit. Few quarreled with that estimate, and some placed the number even...

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