Historical Controversies

Massacres and Marijuana: Vietnam and the Drug War

Historical Controversies Podcast
Chris Calton

Season 1, Episode 8. In Vietnam, many soldiers found narcotics to be a coping agent against the horrors of war. Narcotics also became an easy scapegoat for a government looking to obfuscate the results of its own actions. In this episode, Chris Calton explains how the US government escalated the War on Drugs at home, while serving as a drug runner in Southeast Asia.