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December 12, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(24):1801-1802. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730240051014

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The international conference on the limitation of the manufacture of narcotic drugs, held in Geneva, Switzerland, during the past summer, was guided not only by altruistic motives but also by practical objectives. The treaty resulting from the conference should be a beneficial influence in helping to solve the medicosocial problem of drug addiction, in simplifying the administration of laws and regulations governing the distribution and uses of these drugs, and in reducing the quantity of contraband arriving at American ports. Approximately three and a half tons of contraband narcotic drugs was seized last year, all destined for illegitimate trade and originating outside the Western Hemisphere. The quantity of contraband confiscated indicates the extent of the illegitimate market for these substances. This factor is all the more important when it is appreciated that drug addiction becomes established at a much earlier age than is generally supposed; almost half, or 47 per

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