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November 8, 1965

Heroin Addiction and The Fifth Estate

JAMA. 1965;194(6):680. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090190102039

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To the Editor:—  Doctors Dole and Nyswander's article has materially stimulated my business but has not produced one change in my practice. The article was reported in the Los Angeles Times three days before I got my copy of The Journal. Patients are calling me from all over the West to get in on the "new treatment." Of the 39 related phone calls to my office, over and above the 3-call daily average throughout the year, none of the calling patients understood the particulars of the article. Over the phone, all admitted to being heroin addicts. When told that they would be supplied with a drug called methadone at a cost of 9 cents a tablet which was supposed to replace heroin, they all asked, "But will it get me off stuff, will it dry me out?" Thirteen patients remembered they had taken methadone in USPHS hospitals at Fort Worth

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