Habit-Forming Agents: Their Indiscriminate Sale and Use a Menace to the Public Welfare Page: 3
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EXTENT OF IMPORTATION AND USE.
Notwithstanding the fact that legislation, federal, state, and
territorial, adverse to the indiscriminate sale and use of opium
has been enacted during the past decade, and most physicians are
using greater circumspection than formerly when prescribing opium,
its preparations and derivatives, the amount of opium (exclusive of
smoking opium, which is now denied entry into this country), con-
sumed in the United States per capita, has been doubled within the
last forty years. Not only has there been this increased consump-
tion of opium, its preparations and derivatives, but large quantities
of other habit-forming agents, introduced chiefly for medicinal pur-
poses, have been used. For example, "cocain"a (cocain hydro-
chlorid), has been used for about twenty-five years, and the amount
consumed at present is estimated at approximately 150,000 ounces
per annum. In addition, it is well known that large quantities of
acetanilid, acetphenetidin, antipyrin, phenacetin, caffein, and chloral
hydrate, and smaller amounts of codein, dionin, and heroin are con-
sumed. It should be noted that the amount of opium imported into
the United States so far during the present decade indicates that the
amount per capita is about the same as for the preceding ten years.
Deterrent factors are undoubtedly antinarcotic legislation and
There are at present at least 100 sanatoriums advertising treatment
for drug addiction, and it is well known that many thousands of cases
are treated annually by physicians in private practice and general
hospitals. The writer knows of at least 30 so-called mail-order
"drug-addiction cures," some of which apparently have a large pat-
ronage. The manager of one of these treatments stated that his
company had 100,000 names, including alcohol addicts, upon its
books. The number of drug addicts in the United States is variously
estimated by those who are conversant with the situation at from
1,000,000 to 4,000,000; the latter number is probably excessive.
a The words "cocain," "codein," and "morphin," as used in this bulletin, refer to
the salts of the respective alkaloids.
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Kebler, Lyman F. (Lyman Frederic), b. 1863. Habit-Forming Agents: Their Indiscriminate Sale and Use a Menace to the Public Welfare, pamphlet, 1910; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc85674/m1/3/: accessed January 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.