Medicine: Bolts & Jolts

According to U.S. census reports, some 225 citizens kill themselves every year by deliberately overdosing themselves with sleeping pills (e.g., Lupe Velez), and another 225 die the same way by accident.

These figures are probably conservative: New York State estimates 20 such deaths a month. About 2,000,000 sleeping pills are sold every day in the U.S., mostly on doctors' prescription, but a good many of them are bootlegged by unscrupulous druggists. Last week State Senator Thomas C. Desmond announced a bill to make it as hard to buy sleeping pills in. New York State...

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