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May 28, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(22):1922-1923. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730480072020

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Drug Addiction in Egypt  At a meeting of the League of Nations Advisory Committee on Traffic in Opium, Russell Pasha, director of the Egyptian central narcotics intelligence bureau, estimated that 282,000 of the Egyptian male population of 3,137,000 were addicted to hashish, 93,000 to opium and 54,000 to diacetylmorphine. A large reduction in "white drug" addicts had been brought about in three years, partly by the greed of the traffickers, who had increased the adulteration in the retail trade up to an average of 85 per cent and partly by the general economic situation. The fellaheen could no longer produce their daily 25 cents for dope. In spite of her efforts, Egypt had not been able so far to save herself from the narcotic nuisance. Russell Pasha thought it was time that trafficking should be looked on as an international offense. Turkey was still providing the contraband diacetylmorphine. He was

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