The letter of Mr. Hamilton Wright on another page1 of this issue is commended to the attention of our readers. His request for the cooperation of the medical profession in his inquiry we trust will call out the information he desires. There must be a vast amount of facts known only to medical men in regard to the spread of the opium habit in its various forms, and that can be brought out in no other way than through physicians. The figures he gives, however, are amply sifinificant, and can only mean that there is a marked increase in the use of opium for other than medical purposes. The increase in the importation of smoking opium (chandu) is especially significant; a doubling of the amount of the preparation especially manufactured for a particular form of vice, while our Chinese population has actually decreased, must mean that the evil is
THE UNITED STATES OPIUM COMMISSION.. JAMA. 1908;LI(8):678–679. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540080044008
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