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October 13, 1962

AMA Restates Position on Ambulatory Clinics for Addicts

JAMA. 1962;182(2):30. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050410126041

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Confusion on the part of the public and some medical organizations has resulted in a restatement by the AMA of its position on ambulatory clinics for treatment of drug addicts.

Briefly, its position is this: It opposes "on the basis of current knowledge" general, non-experimental ambulatory treatment services, but endorses "an experimental facility for the out-patient treatment of drug addicts, to explore the possibility of dealing with at least some types of addicted persons in the community.

In a letter to the Saturday Evening Post, which in its Sept. 8 issue stated that the AMA had "repudiated" its position on ambulatory clinics, Dr. Dale C. Cameron, chairman of the AMA Committee on Narcotic Addiction, clarified the AMA stand. John Kobler, author of the Post article, "The Narcotics Dilemma: Crime or Disease?" had misinterpreted the intent of two reports adopted by the AMA House of Delegates, he said. The reports were

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