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Patient and Public Risks of Powdered Alcohol: A Citywide Case Study to Prevent AbusePatient and Public Risks of Powdered Alcohol

Katherine E. Warren, BA; Shirli Tay, BA; and Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc
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This article was published at www.annals.org on 16 February 2016.

From the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore, Maryland.

Disclosures: Authors have disclosed no conflicts of interest. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M15-2291.

Requests for Single Reprints: Leana S. Wen, MD, MSc, Baltimore City Health Department, 1001 East Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202; e-mail, health.commissioner@baltimorecity.gov.

Current Author Addresses: Ms. Warren, Ms. Tay, and Dr. Wen: Baltimore City Health Department, 1001 East Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: K.E. Warren, L.S. Wen.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: K.E. Warren.

Drafting of the article: K.E. Warren, L.S. Wen.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: K.E. Warren, L.S. Wen.

Final approval of the article: K.E. Warren, L.S. Wen.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: S. Tay.

Collection and assembly of data: K.E. Warren.

Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(10):685-686. doi:10.7326/M15-2291
© 2016 American College of Physicians
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The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau recently approved a formulation of powdered alcohol for sale. The authors discuss the paucity of data on product safety, potential harms on an individual and public health basis, and how local advocacy led to a ban of its sale and distribution in Baltimore, Maryland.

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