Follow-up of Vietnam veterans. I. relapse to drug use after Vietnam service

C. P. O'Brien, E. P. Nace, J. Mintz, A. L. Meyers, N. Ream

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A sample of 202 former army enlisted men who served in Vietnam between 1971 and 1972 were studied 28 months after their return to a large metropolitan area. Subjects were divided into three groups, frequent (n = 98), occasional (n = 55) and nonusers (n = 49), according to their inservice narcotics use. Results indicated that in spite of high rates of inservice narcotics use, only 39% of those addicted in Vietnam, and 11% of those who used narcotics occasionally, continued to use narcotics after returning to the United States. However, other types of substances, such as alcohol and marijuana, were used more heavily in all groups. A series of multiple correlations indicated that preservice variables also played a significant role in determining postservice drug involvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-340
Number of pages8
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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