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Article
May 22, 1943

RESULTS OF HOSPITAL TREATMENT OF NARCOTIC DRUG ADDICTS

JAMA. 1943;122(4):233. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840210025010
Abstract

A thorough, well organized follow-up study1 has been made of 4,766 male patients discharged from the United States Public Health Service Hospital at Lexington, Ky., during the period from Jan. 1, 1936 to Dec. 31, 1940. All these patients had received treatment in the hospital for addiction to narcotic drugs. The only narcotics mentioned in the report are opium and its derivatives. The follow-up was carried out between July 1 and Dec. 31, 1941: in other words, at least six months after the discharge of the last patient in 1940.

The results of the follow-up are presented in detailed tabulations, which are analyzed and discussed from various points of view. The patients fall into four general classes: voluntary, probationer patients, paroled prisoners and prisoner patients. A probationer patient is a narcotic drug addict who, for violation of a federal law, has been given a probationary sentence on the condition

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