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October 30, 1972

Glutethimide Not a Dilutant of Heroin

JAMA. 1972;222(5):590. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210050062036

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Abstract

In the QUESTION AND ANSWER, "Treatment of Needle Tracks in Drug Addicts," published Aug 14 (221:720, 1972), the third consultant, Michael L. Lewin, MD, wishes to make the following correction in the statement that glutethimide is one of the "common fillers of heroin": "Glutethimide, commercially known as Doriden, is frequently used by addicts together with heroin but the former is usually taken by mouth. The customary dilutants are quinine and lactose. Talcum is often used to cut the volume of heroin. It does not dissolve, and it is very irritating when it finds itself injected."

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