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November 1971

Internal at large medicine

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(5):691-702. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310230021001

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Drug laboratory  An Anonymous Drug Analysis Laboratory, possibly the first in the nation with government sanction, is being set up by the School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.Maryland's new Drug Abuse Administration is providing a $30,000 grant. The DAA officials, pharmacy dean William J. Kinnard, Jr., PhD, and S. Edward Krikorian, Jr., PhD, head of the new laboratory, now face the task of collecting drug samples while assuring the anonymity and legal immunity of those who submit them.Dr. Krikorian believes the samples probably will come from worried parents, treatment centers seeking an antidote, users who experienced an unusual reaction, and police officials who encounter drugs which defy analysis in their more limited laboratories.One complication: mailing drugs is unlawful and many drug users might fear a police stake-out at any collection box or other delivery point.It is generally agreed by those involved that

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