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July 11, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(2):129-131. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670020049028

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Regulations to Control the Use of Narcotics  The federal ministry of the interior, after considering charges (apparently well founded) that narcotic drugs are being secured for improper uses on the basis of physicians' prescriptions, has drawn up the following regulations for the observance of physicians:

  1. In prescribing opium, morphin, cocain and diacetylmorphin (heroin) or preparations containing one or more of these drugs, physicians must in every instance inquire most carefully into the necessity of such narcotics being employed and must exercise the greatest caution in determining under what form and in what quantities they are to be used. They must constantly bear in mind that many persons will try to deceive them in order to secure narcotics for improper uses. Physicians should not issue a written prescription for narcotic drugs unless they are assured in their conscience and are willing to hold themselves responsible before the medical profession for the

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