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July 29, 1933

Annual Report for the Year 1932 of the Egyptian Government, Central Narcotics Intelligence Bureau.

JAMA. 1933;101(5):394-395. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740300062042

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This report reveals some astounding facts relative to the difficulty of controlling narcotic addiction in Egypt. Apparently that country is now suffering with a flood of hashish introduced from Syria. Great benefit has accrued from the closing of opium factories in Turkey. The Egyptian authorities insist that the European center for the manufacture of heroin destined entirely for illicit trade has shifted from Istanbul to Sofia in Bulgaria. Driven from Turkey, it is now elsewhere, and the director of the intelligence bureau considers that, driven from Sofia, it will turn up in some other city. Mr. Russell says that only complete international understanding and agreement can control the drug traffic. The report is a highly interesting document showing that drugs are shipped in every possible way and that the tricks of the trade are amazingly intricate and devious. The report gives names, dates and places, one statement being to the

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