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January 1, 1973

Coming to Grips With an Urban Heroin Addiction Epidemic

Author Affiliations

From the Narcotics Treatment Administration, Department of Human Resources, Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 1973;223(1):46-48. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220010032007

Early in 1970, the District of Columbia began a major program aimed at treating all the city's heroin addicts within three years. As a result of these efforts, 4,200 of the city's 18,000 addicts are now in treatment in 21 centers. The heroin addiction epidemic in Washington may have been stabilized but it has not ended. Seven lessons have been learned which temper some of the initial optimism and suggest future directions.