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January 31, 1959

REPORT OF JOINT COMMITTEE ON THE NARCOTIC PROBLEM

JAMA. 1959;169(5):496-497. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000220076013
Abstract

JOINT Committee of the American Bar Association and the American Medical Association has been engaged in a study of the narcotic problem for the past three years. Research has been conducted to ascertain the extent of this problem in those European countries equal to the United States in industrial development and to study the legal structure which these countries have erected to combat it. The present status of the narcotic problem in the United States was reviewed, and certain recommendations for further studies, both legal and medical, were made. The first report is a mine of information about the problem, and it contains much of great interest to doctors.

The situation in Europe differs from that in the United States in at least three ways: the number of known addicts is much smaller than in the United States, so the problem is far less acute; the penalties provided for persons

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