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May 19, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(20):1641-1642. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690470047022

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A Wholesale Trial of Drug Addicts  The recent wholesale trial in Paris of drug addicts and dispensers of narcotic drugs covered charges against not less than seventy-five persons, some of them ordinary traffickers in morphine, heroin, opium and cocaine; others were simple drug addicts who had resorted to fraud in order to procure their drug; then there were a number of physicians and pharmacists charged with violations of the regulations in regard to the prescribing and the sale of narcotics, most of these having been merely imprudent, though doubtless some were truly guilty. The reason for this exceptionally large number of accused persons was that the court desired to group together all the cases on the docket coming under the same general head. Some of the charges dated back four years. Counsel for the addicts pleaded that they could not be held accountable for their fraudulent acts as their judgment

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