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Characteristics and Sequelae of Paregoric Abuse

Ann Intern Med. 1966;65(5):1019-1030. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-65-5-1019
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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.

MEDICAL USE OF PAREGORIC: In the early eighteenth century LeMort, the chemistry profesor at




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