May 30, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(22):1513. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490220037009

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A short time ago we noticed some rather striking and alarming statements made in newspapers in regard to cocain addiction. Also in a recent number of the Philadelphia Medical Journal Dr. Simonton of Pittsburg gave an account of the spread of cocain under his observation. From the facts given by him, as well as those obtained elsewhere, it seems that the introduction of this drug to the public has been, and is likely to be still, a curse to the community. Its therapeutic advantages, and they are not slight, are hardly balanced by the evils that may come from its self-prescription. It is especially among the lowest classes that its use seems to be most general, though others are not exempt; Simonton speaks of even railway employes being victims to the habit. The negroes of the South, in the cities especially, seem to be becoming devotees of the cocain habit.

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