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To the Editor: I should like to invite the opinion of pediatricians throughout the country concerning the "hazard" of dispensing used injection syringes to children. I note that the Narcotics Bureau has even sent a letter to physicians which suggests that this is a legal offense. In trying to keep things in perspective, I would say that such a rule is the "tail wagging the dog."
In discussing this with a past narcotics addict, who has since had a Christian conversion, she tells me that syringes are usually obtained through hospital sources. In the absence of a syringe addicts usually use medicine droppers attached to needles. They are more likely to go after a needle than after a syringe. It was her opinion that the dispensing of syringes to children would in no way affect the increase in the number of addicts. As a matter of fact, she agreed this
SWEIGARD CB. HAZARD OF THE INJECTION SYRINGE. Am J Dis Child. 1965;109(6):586. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1965.02090020588019