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September 23, 1950


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U. S. Commissioner of Narcotics, Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1950;144(4):333. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920040047020

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To the Editor:—  I note with considerable interest the editorial on drug addiction contained in The Journal of July 15, 1950. We appreciate your kind statements about the Bureau of Narcotics.While there has been a disturbing revival in the heroin traffic to this country from Europe and the Near East since World War II, with a consequent rise in addiction among young "hoodlums" in several of the larger cities in various sections of the country, in at least two states where we have just recently conducted surveys on the prevalence of drug addiction, we have been able to find only one addict in every 25,000 population. This compares very favorably with the one in 10,000 reported by the Army Service Forces during World War II, and the one in 1,500 reported by the Army during World War I.With regard to the use of drugs among adolescents we are

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