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November 1966

Patterns and Profiles of Addiction and Drug Abuse

Author Affiliations

From the Chicago Board of Health and the Chicago Psychiatric Foundation.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(5):539-551. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730170091014

AS AN OBSERVER of the vicissitudes of narcotic and "dangerous drug" use over the past ten years, nothing has impressed me so much as the ecological evolutions, devolutions, and mutations of this Hydra-headed social or dissocial force. My own exposure came as a result of an assignment as director of a special narcotics project in the Narcotics Court, when the project was in an advanced stage of ineffectiveness, directionlessness, and deterioration. As far as I know, the observations reported in a short paper as a result of my contact with the Narcotics Court during the last year of the ill-starred and meaningless existence of the project were the only ones of any consequence to result from it.1 For several reasons I should like to review the findings of that paper, since I believe its observations are worth recall here. That paper was the first, I believe, to point

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