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April 30, 1955


Author Affiliations

Commissioner of Narcotics Treasury Department Bureau of Narcotics Washington 25, D. C.

JAMA. 1955;157(18):1635-1636. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950350049023

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To the Editor:—  In The Journal, March 12, 1955, page 948, there appeared a letter from John Y. Dent, editor of the British Journal of Addiction. Evidently he is not convinced that the British and United States laws for handling drug addicts do not differ. To end this confusion, which still exists in the minds of many members of the medical profession on this point, I suggest that you kindly publish the following excerpt from a Statement on the Narcotic Drug Traffic by the Hon. Paul Martin, Minister of National Health and Welfare, before the Special Senate Committee on Traffic in Narcotic Drugs in Canada, Room 262, the Senate, 10:30 a. m., Tuesday, March 15, 1955.

Legal Distribution to Registered Addicts  The third proposal made in the Vancouver brief is perhaps the most controversial proposal that has been made in connection with a treatment program. I do not propose to

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