May 25, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(4):418. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980040058017

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During recent medical conventions several unfortunate incidents occurred involving the distribution of drug samples. In one case, a boy about 10 years of age was found wandering alone through the technical exhibit, his pockets filled with almost two dozen bottles and envelopes of multicolored pills. What attracted attention to the lad was his eating one pill after the other. On questioning, he expressed his enjoyment of the candy coatings. Included in his cache was over 14 Gm. (200 grains) of barbiturates. In another such occurrence that eventually could have proved dangerous, a guard stopped a man leaving the exhibit floor, who had evidently just removed his identification badge. When asked to show his credentials, the man ran away, leaving two shopping bags filled with more than 200 samples of various drugs.

A third illustration points out still another cause for alarm. At the close of a moderate-sized medical convention a

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