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January 22, 1944

Traffic in Opium and Other Dangerous Drugs for the Year Ended December 31, 1942

JAMA. 1944;124(4):265. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850040065031

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This document, covering the calendar year 1942, constitutes the report of the government of the United States on the traffic in opium and other dangerous drugs for distribution through the Secretary of State to the nations signatory to the international drug conventions of 1912 and 1931. According to the report, reserve supplies of opium now stored in this country are ample to fill medical and scientific needs for several years. The number of nonmedical drug addicts in this country is estimated at no more than 1 in every 3,000 of the population, a reduction of at least 66 per cent in the past two decades. Vigilance must be exercised, however, to maintain this ratio of reduction, since war conditions frequently beget a relaxation of drug control, as has already occurred in Iran. In its analysis of the illicit traffic in narcotics, the Bureau of Narcotics records in this report that,

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