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November 29, 1941

Traffic in Opium and Other Dangerous Drugs for the Year Ended December 31, 1940

JAMA. 1941;117(22):1924. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820480090041

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The immigration laws were amended on June 28, 1940 to provide for the deportation of any alien convicted of violation of any narcotic drug or marihuana law in the United States. Drug addiction in this country is steadily decreasing. The number of nonmedical drug addicts known is estimated at not more than one in every three thousand of population, a reduction of at least 66 per cent in the last twenty years. The decrease in the amount of ships reaching this country from abroad in the last two years, on account of the war, has been a factor in the decrease in the drug traffic. Actual deportations were accomplished during 1940 in only thirty-six instances, as compared with fifty-three deportations in the previous year. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morganthau Jr. had the foresight to obtain for the United States a three year supply of crude opium for medical needs

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