The plan recommended for the regulation of the opium traffic in the Philippines, as reported, is one that commends itself. While the government controls the sale, it makes no profit, which relieves us from the reproach justly made against the British Indian Government for its action in this matter. The total abolition of the sale in three years which is provided for will, it is to be hoped, be successfully carried out. Wherever the Chinese abound the opium problem exists, but unfortunately, the evil extends from them to other races. The trouble that the Japanese Government has had with it in Formosa possibly indicates somewhat the difficulties to be met with in the Philippines.1 But the success they have attained is encouraging for our own authorities. It will be a pity if we can not manage this matter as satisfactorily as do the Japanese.
THE PHILIPPINE OPIUM REPORT.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(12):817. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500120053009