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March 7, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(10):790-791. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720360060023

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The Opium Question  In regard to publications made recently by some foreign papers, especially Egyptian, concerning the illicit introduction of opium from Turkey, the Turkish official press replies: Because the object of the international opium convention of the League of Nations in 1921 was the ultimate restriction of opium cultivation, and considering from the economic point of view that the cultivation of opium is of importance to Turkey, we did not accept the league's invitation at the time. Besides, there are in Istanbul three commercial laboratories concerned with the manufacture of opium preparations and derivatives for medicinal use. That makes Turkey not only an exporter of opium but also a manufacturer of opium preparations and derivatives. On the other hand, Turkey, being through no convention under any obligation, has never lost sight of the humanitarian point of view and under no circumstances has this point of view been departed from.

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