A. MARTIN LERNER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; FREDERICK J. OERTHER, M.D.
In 1955, records of the Narcotics Bureau in Detroit showed that no one among 1,267 persons arrested for the illicit use of drugs abused paregoric. During the next 8 years paregoric was used increasingly in Detroit as an opium or heroin substitute. At the zenith (1963) of its use as a narcotic in this period, paregoric claimed 713 of 994 narcotics users. Since at present this medical oddity is again virtually extinct, this report is largely a historical resumé of an unusual, and hopefully singular, experience.
In the early eighteenth century LeMort, the chemistry profesor at
LERNER AM, OERTHER FJ. Characteristics and Sequelae of Paregoric Abuse. Ann Intern Med. ;65:1019–1030. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-65-5-1019
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;65(5):1019-1030.
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