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October 6, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;129(6):473-474. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860400057017

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Sept. 8, 1945.

The World Control of Narcotic Drugs  A meeting of the Permanent Central Opium Board has been held in London. The president, Sir Atul Chatterjee, described the world drug position. The board wishes to return to the prewar conditions of control. All countries signatory to the conventions (that is, every considerable country excepting Argentina) are required to send in estimates of their needs of narcotic drugs for consumption, manufacture or export for the coming year. These are examined by the Supervisory Commission—an allied organization to the board—and no country is allowed any excess of the figure without submitting a supplementary estimate. At the beginning of the war every government was asked to keep intact national control and to collaborate with the board in international control. But during the war some retrogression has taken place in many countries, especially those with colonies. In normal

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