Wars on/and/of Drugs

In a new report and accompanying book, Brown University political scientist Peter Andreas lays out the inextricable relationship between war and psychoactive substances. 

Some examples:

  • Wartime tobacco supplies for soldiers to help ease stress and alleviate boredom
  • Russia’s funding of the largest land-based army in Europe by taxing vodka
  • German, Japanese, British, and American use of amphetamines for soldiers in WWII
  • The modern US war “on” drugs that militarizes domestic policing

The Quote: “We can’t understand the history of war without including drugs, and we can’t understand the role of drugs in society without including war.” 


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