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March 12, 1955


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Editor British Journal of Addiction 34 Addison Rd. London, W.14, England.

JAMA. 1955;157(11):948-949. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280072029

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To the Editor:—  I have recently seen a letter to the Editor from The Journal of Oct. 23, 1954, page 787, written by Dr. Anslinger, who complained that he was being pestered by various individuals and groups with complaints that the American law as regards dangerous drugs should be altered to approach that of the United Kingdom. He asserted in no uncertain terms that the law on this subject was exactly the same in the two countries. This is very surprising, as addiction to drugs is very much greater in New York than in London. 1 wish to point out one difference, and I think it is a very vital difference. The import and manufacture of heroin is prohibited in the United States. This is not so in Britain; here it and hemp (marihuana) have been removed from the Pharmacopoeia to fall in line with the International Narcotic Convention, but

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