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May 27, 1974

Prescription Restriction

Author Affiliations

FDA Bureau of Drugs Rockville, Md

JAMA. 1974;228(9):1096. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230340012002

To the Editor.—  Hey, out there! We're listening. Glad to know that you know we have a drug problem, and that neither your patients, your pharmacists, or you are part of it (227:1121, 1974). You are all very fortunate, yet nationwide statistics show many victims among all three groups.The rules about habituating drugs like sleeping pills and "nerve pills" were made to put down very widespread abuse. The rules were drawn up by doctors like you, and with the advice of many others who know a lot about drug abuse.So please, don't blame "the government" or the "men in authority." The rules may be a nuisance for some, but they protect many. By the way, if you want to get through to the man in charge, why don't you write to Alexander M. Schmidt, Commissioner of Food and Drugs, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852? We sure can