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The Narcotic Law
Before the World War, drug addiction was rarely encountered in Turkey, but, with the general destitution following the war and the influx ofrefugees, drug addiction steadily increased. In the great cities it was established that certain coffee houses frequented by the lower classes secretly furnished hashish (cannabis) for smoking. This secret sale of narcotic preparations has made the enforcement of a law relating to narcotics a necessity. According to this law the importation, exportation, manipulation, preparation and sale within the republic of crude opium products, medicinal opium, morphine, diacetylmorphine (heroin), crude cocaine, cocaine, all salts of morphine, diacetylmorphine, cocaine preparations containing more than 0.20 per cent of diacetylmorphine, and all preparations containing more than 0.10 per cent of hashish are subject to control by the ministry of hygiene and social assistance. Only pharmacists duly licensed to exercise their profession and who own a pharmacy or a wholesale
TURKEY. JAMA. 1929;92(12):1000–1001. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700380058026