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June 22, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(25):1786-1787. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470250040006

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It is charged every little while by certain alarmists that, in some sections of the country, drug habits prevail to a dangerous extent and are increasing among the population. Very often this is alleged to be the case in prohibition districts with the inference that it is due to the suppression of alcoholic drinks. A sample of this kind of sensational charge is afforded in a recent issue of an Eastern paper, which takes up some alleged statistics of an article said to have been read before the State Medical Society of Vermont, and indulges in the usual generalizations. According to the quoted physician's estimate, there are sold in that state over 3,300,000 doses of opium every month, aside from that prescribed by physicians or contained in patent medicines. This is figured to allow one dose and a half daily to every person in the state over 21 years old.

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