Foreign News: Thirty Million New Addicts

An evil smoke rose from Peiping's Forbidden City. By order of the National Government, a public bonfire was consuming 800,000 ounces of confiscated opium. China's great drive against the drug traffic was under way again.

Chungking estimates that in the provinces occupied by Japan 30 million Chinese became opium, heroin, morphine or hashish addicts. Wherever the enemy advanced, he deliberately undid the patient, progressive work of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's Opium Suppression Commission. This agency, aided by the indefatigable New Life Movement, had gone far toward stamping out the cultivation, sale and use of...

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