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March 14, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(11):862-863. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720370040012

Narcotic addiction, one of the most sensational subjects that engages medical and social thought, is again the focus of an extraordinary amount of attention directed from various points of view for diverse reasons. Through the efforts of numerous leagues for combating narcotic addiction, meetings are being held, accompanied by much newspaper publicity, and planned apparently to urge restrictions on the manufacture of narcotics and on their prescription, sale and importation. Special committees appointed in various cities and states are urging the establishment of farms and homes for drug addicts; they support their contentions that these will solve the problem by more or less scientific surveys and data. Several bureaus of the United States government, including the Division of Mental Hygiene in the United States Public Health Service, are making available the results of their investigations. The Wickersham committee, having brought forth what it brought forth about alcohol, is now in