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April 23, 1997

Incorrect Wording.

JAMA. 1997;277(16):1280. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540400030025

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—In the series of Letters entitled "Crack vs Inhaled Cocaine and Sentencing," published in the February 12,1997, issue of THE JOURNAL (1997;277:457-458), a parenthetical phrase was edited into the letter from Robert Byck, MD, after the letter was accepted for publication. The phrase occurs in the first sentence of the letter and reads, "(a form of cocaine hydrochloride)." That phrase is incorrect and should be omitted. The sentence should read, "Differences between crack cocaine and cocaine hydrochloride were accepted until the discovery that blacks were disproportionately convicted for possession of crack."