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July 26, 1913

The Treatment of Narcotic Addiction

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JAMA. 1913;61(4):294. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350040060025

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To the Editor:—  As I am interested in the treatment of morphin or opium and alcohol addictions, I read the article by Dr. Alexander Lambert in The Journal, June 21, 1913, p. 1933, with much interest. Belladonna and scopolamin have been given for years in many drug habit institutions, apparently for the purpose of bringing the patient into a state of delirium to facilitate the abrupt discontinuance of the drug. I think that this kind of treatment should be discarded on account of the bad after-effects of these poisons, especially when administered to psychasthenic patients when their mind is in a weak, deteriorated and morbid condition.I never undertake the treatment of a case of alcoholic addiction unless the patient can be under my supervision for at least two weeks, and in the case of morphin or opium, from four to six weeks at least is demanded. I have never

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