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Drug use by soldiers in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Newly obtained data shows that the U.S. Army has investigated 56 soldiers in Afghanistan over the last two years on suspicion of using or distributing heroin, morphine or other drugs.

Eight soldiers have died from drug overdoses.

These drug situations provide a snapshot into the illicit drug trade in the war zone.

U.S. Army officials say that while the presence of such readily available opium is a concern, opiate abuse has not been a pervasive problem for troops in Afghanistan.

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