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December 16, 1939

Traffic in Opium and Other Dangerous Drugs for the Year Ended December 31, 1938

JAMA. 1939;113(25):2264. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800500069032

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This report by the Commissioner of Narcotics to the Secretary of the Treasury deals with the calendar year ended Dec. 31, 1938. It indicates that there are still seven states which have not passed the uniform narcotic drug act; namely, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Washington, North Dakota and Vermont. The control of drug addiction in the United States continues to be satisfactory. Apparently the number of drug addicts has decreased from ten per 10,000 persons in 1924 to two per 10,000 persons at the present time. The treatment used in the government hospitals includes withdrawal of the drugs within fourteen days, warm baths, sedatives when necessary, and supplementary measures as indicated. A recent survey indicates that three years after the date of discharge 34 per cent have not relapsed. Research is being conducted as to non-habit forming drugs which may be used to replace opium. Studies are also being

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