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The Pediatric Forum
July 2003

Children and Drug Smuggling

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157(7):703. doi:10.1001/archpedi.157.7.703

Poisoning prevention and substance abuse have long been priority issues in pediatrics. However, until the timely report on "body packing" by Traub and colleagues,1 drug smuggling has largely been regarded to be within the "adult" purview. Recent events and statistics further support the notion that pediatricians need to be cognizant of the public health issues surrounding the international transport of illicit drugs.