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March 12, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(11):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550370050006

One of the vicious mail-order drug "cures" which flood the market is discussed in this issue.1 Free samples of this particular "cure" may be had for the asking, each sample containing enough morphin sulphate and heroin hydrochlorid to kill seven or eight healthy adults. Before the national Food and Drugs Act was passed this dangerous mixture could be sent through the mails with nothing on the label to show its tremendous potentialities for harm; now, fortunately, the label has to declare the amount of heroin and morphin the product contains. This is a splendid advance so far as it goes, but it does not go far enough. Most of the state laws recognize the principle that the public should be protected against itself; hence we find statutes forbidding the sale of dangerous drugs by pharmacists to laymen, except under certain restrictions. There is no law, however, which can be