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June 23, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(25):1637. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460250049013

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The negroes in some parts of the South are reported as being addicted to a new form of vice—that of "cocain sniffing" or the "coke habit," as it appears to have this name also. A negro, it is said, will buy 5 cents' worth of cocain, which is sold in a little paper box for such purposes, and, taking it in the old-fashioned way of snuff-takers, proceed to indulge in a "coke drunk." The effects are described as much like those of an ordinary whisky drunk; some cocain "sniffers" are quarrelsome, some hilarious, some morose, and many are happy and indifferent like the opium smokers, while the intoxication lasts. It appears even that the habit is going to succeed to the recognized legal rights of whisky, as we read that one community licenses the sale, allowing, however, druggists to sell the alkaloid on physicians' prescriptions, but imposing heavy penalties on

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