Author and journalist Dawn Paley presents a thesis that the drug war “enables global capitalist expansion through enclosure.” “…how elites collude across borders for their own benefit at the expense of their populations.” (quotes by interviewer Andrew Smolski, a sociologist and writer).
Alfred W. McCoy’s article published today on TomDispatch is titled “How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower: America’s Opium War in Afghanistan”. McCoy is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Here’s the link.
K. T. Green et al., “Alcohol Misuse and Psychological Resilience among U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan Era Veterans,” Addictive Behaviors 39, no. 2 (2014): 406–413. Suggests “that increased psychological resilience is inversely related to alcohol misuse and is protective against alcohol misuse over time” and “supports the conceptualization of resilience as a process which evolves over time.”
Briony Larance et al., “The Availability, Diversion and Injection of Pharmaceutical Opioids in South Asia,” Drug & Alcohol Review 30, no. 3 (May 2011): 246–254, doi:10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00304.x. “Reviews existing peer-reviewed and ‘grey’ literature on the extramedical use and injection of pharmaceutical opioids in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka …. Reports indicate that prescribing for all types of pain is inadequate. There is a paucity of empirical data across South Asia regarding the mechanisms and extent of the diversion and misuse of pharmaceutical opioids, although the problem is widely acknowledged. India is believed to account for significant large-scale diversion within the region and further afield through poor regulation of licit opioid production and pharmacies. A recent decline in use of natural opiates has been accompanied by an increase in pharmaceutical opioid misuse and increasingly, injection, particularly in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.”
Rachel Black and Robert C. Ulin, eds., Wine and Culture (Bristol Classical Press, 2013). Essays by anthropologists.
James Bradford, “Teaching the Contemporary Drug Industry as World History,” New England Regional World History Association, Salem State University, April 28, 2012. Bradford is writing his doctoral dissertation at Northeastern University (“Seeds of Dissent: Informal Economies, Invisible Boundaries, Opium, and Development in Afghanistan”).