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December 13, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(24):1936-1937. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660240050023

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Statistical Data on Cocainism and Morphinism in Austria  In connection with the arrest of a band of smugglers, the police have secured a list of surreptitious dealers in cocain and morphin. A raid on their stores of drugs netted some surprising results. It was ascertained that a single dealer had disposed of 73 kg. of cocain hydrochlorid in a single year. Another dealer had sold and transported 501 kg. of morphin to Hungary, a quantity sufficient to anesthetize the whole population of Central Europe. Although the normal consumption of cocain in the republic of Austria does not exceed 60 kg. yearly (normal use is for medical purposes only), it was established that the licensed sellers of narcotics (apothecaries, wholesale houses and drug dealers) had received 210 kg. of cocain. It would appear, therefore, that 150 kg. of the drug had either been "snuffed" in Austria or exported to foreign countries.

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