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January 23, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(4):300. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780040050013

As part of the international policy of controlling traffic in opium and other dangerous drugs, each nation signatory to the International Drug Conventions is supposed to prepare an annual report. The report of the United States of America for the year ended Dec. 31, 1935, has been prepared and published by the Bureau of Narcotics of the Treasury Department.1 The number of nonmedical drug addicts in the United States is difficult to determine accurately, but, while formerly believed to approximate one person in every thousand of the population, recent surveys indicate that this figure no longer obtains in many sections of the country. In the nature of a further inquiry into the problem of addiction, the Bureau of Narcotics examined the records of 1,397 of the persons investigated in connection with violation of the narcotic laws as to their personal use of drugs. Of these, 946 were found to