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September 16, 1933


Author Affiliations

Westfield, Mass. Director, Westfield Testing and Research Laboratories

JAMA. 1933;101(12):947. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740370051029

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To the Editor:  —It was observed that certain students in a high school in one of the larger cities frequently acted in an abnormal manner. They were erratic in their behavior. Periods of extreme activity were followed by lassitude and drowsiness. The pupils of the eyes were dilated. Their conversation was irrational and frequently boastful. The police investigated and found no evidence of alcoholism. The matter was turned over to the narcotic squad. Three of the students ultimately confessed that they often smoked cigarets for each of which they paid 20 cents. A mild third degree elicited the names of the venders.Two men, one colored, were subsequently arrested. A number of cigarets and a quantity of a coarse greenish vegetable substance were found in their possession. Both the cigarets and the coarse powder were sent to these laboratories for examination.The powder consisted of coarsely broken greenish vegetable matter

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