- In 1971, 15% of the active American soldiers in Vietnam were heroin addicts
- Operation Golden Flow kept them in Vietnam until they detoxed
- The number of relapses among those soldiers was much lower than the average population
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, is the multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)When the U.S. military launched Operation Golden Flow nearly 45 years ago, no one could have anticipated the impact it would have on the study of addiction, behavior and your brain.