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June 14, 1952

TEEN-AGE DRUG ADDICTS ARRAIGNED IN THE NARCOTIC COURT OF CHICAGO

Author Affiliations

Chicago

From the Mental Hygiene Section of the Chicago Board of Health, section financed by the National Mental Health Authority. Dr. Hoffman, Director; Dr. Sherman, Chief Psychiatrist; Miss Krevitsky, Director of Psychiatric Social Service; and Miss Williams, Psychiatric Social Worker.

JAMA. 1952;149(7):655-659. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930240033011
Abstract

The growing menace of drug addiction among teen-agers has aroused the public to the extent that in some areas efforts are being made to determine the cause and to find ways of treating it. The epidemic-like quality of the problem indicates the need of close cooperation of all public groups to attempt to understand and deal with it. In Chicago, the problem is being attacked in several ways, but primarily the emphasis has been on law enforcement and legal procedures to deal with law offenders who are also drug addicts.

On April 2, 1951, the Narcotic Court of the Municipal Court of Chicago was established as a result of the recognition on the part of law-enforcing officers of the increasing use of narcotics among teen-agers and the resulting increase in crime occasioned by their use. All cases originating in Chicago that involve law-violating narcotic addicts are processed through the Narcotic

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