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October 17, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(16):1161-1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730160043020

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Drug Addiction in Germany  Privatdozent Kurt Pohlisch, of the Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik in Berlin, took upon himself the enormous task through exact control and comparison of all the prescriptions issued in Germany in 1928 for opiates to obtain an as nearly exact criterion as possible for the amount of drug addiction prevalent in Germany. Germany, as the leading country in the manufacture of opium preparations, is especially interested in ascertaining to what extent in its own territory the use of opium products may be regarded as coming under the head of drug addiction. The widely different estimates encountered are due chiefly to the difficulty of separating the part that may be considered misuse of opium from the part that constitutes necessary medical use. The German opium law furnishes the basis for the collection of reasonably reliable statistical material. In 1928 the German pharmacist, in supplying opium products containing morphine in excess

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