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Before the passage of the Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914, heroin and other opiates had been available without prescription and had caused concern because of the addiction they induced. The extent of the problem only became known during mobilization for World War I. Manufacture and use of the drug were banned in 1924, and in 1956 heroin became completely illegal. In 1970, heroin was placed in Schedule I under the new Drug Abuse Act, indicating that the drug had no accepted medical use.
The author analyzes the current worldwide epidemic of heroin addiction from a legal perspective and suggests that
The Heroin Solution.. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:428. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-3-428_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(3):428.
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