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December 10, 1938

Current Comment

JAMA. 1938;111(24):2212. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790500050015
Abstract

TRAFFIC IN OPIUM  With the submission of the report of the Advisory Committee on Traffic in Opium and Other Dangerous Drugs1 to the Council of the League of Nations, a new and important stage of work in the suppression of the abuse of narcotics appears to have begun. The committee framed a definite statement of the essential principles which might serve as a basis for a future convention on limitation and indicated that this future convention will render possible a final suppression of the use of opium for smoking in countries or territories where the practice is still authorized. Its main purpose will be to develop appropriate measures for a gradual reduction of the quantities of raw opium required for the manufacture of prepared opium. The report of the preparatory committee, which was adopted by the advisory committee, stated as a premise that opium is being produced in quantities

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