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December 6, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(14):1409-1414. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680140047017


State-Supported Narcotics Clinics.  —Chicago's third state-supported narcotics clinic was recently opened at Northwestern University Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Boshes. Other clinics operating in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Public Health are located at Provident Hospital and the University of Illinois Medical Center. Dr. G. Howard Gowen, deputy director in charge of the department's narcotic program, reports that there have been 170 referrals since the first clinic (Provident) opened Dec. 1, 1951, with 80% in the 17-28 age bracket, 30% of the total ranging from 17 to 20 years of age. Male referrals outnumbered females 5:1 in the first 11 months. Most of these persons were single or separated from their families. Only 25% had graduated from high school; about 10% had attended college for some time. Limited experience to date has shown that 82% of the persons treated in the clinics have not returned