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July 21, 1900

Cocain Habit Among the Negroes.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(3):175. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460290045024

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Memphis, Tenn., June 27, 1900.

To the Editor:  —I have just read your editorial in The Journal concerning the cocain habit in the negro. It is safe to say that two-thirds of the negroes who are addicted to the use of cocain use it by the "sniffing" method. We have here in Memphis "dives" called drug stores, whose sole trade is to sell cocain to the negroes at night. The sign, placed in a conspicuous place in one of these resorts, "Open all night," is an index to what they dispense—cocain. I see a great many of these "cocain sniffers" in my outdoor clinic and my observation is that the habit leads up to acute mania. I have been reliably informed by a night clerk in one of these drug stores that he has dispensed as high as one hundred and fifty packages of cocain during the night. The cocain

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