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April 6, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(14):524. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430140020007

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This Journal has from time to time adverted on the necessity for some general legislation to prevent criminals from purchasing deadly drugs, and recently the use of chloral by criminals for criminal ends has been made the subject of an investigation by the captain of that notorious New York precinct called "the Tenderloin." Having been informed that the so-called "knockout drops," that have the name of completing the work of alcohol in the operations of thieves who desire to stupefy and afterward clean out their partially intoxicated victims, contain chloral, Captain Pickett has sent out a detective to investigate the sale of chloral and other stupefying drugs. He has found that it is altogether too easy to purchase chloral at the drug stores. He is inclined to regard the law relating to the purchase and possession of poisons, as weak and not up to date, for the reason that it

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