Medicine, Narcotics: One Answer to Heroin


A promising new treatment that permits heroin addicts to kick the habit was reported last week by two New York City physicians. It involves switching from heroin, which can cost the addict $25 or more a day—and is almost certain to involve him in crime —to methadone, a relatively harmless drug that costs 10¢ for a daily dose. Methadone's only significant side effect is constipation.

Spiked Orange Juice. In the A.M.A. Journal, Dr. Vincent P. Dole of the Rockefeller Institute and Dr. Marie Nyswander of Manhattan General Hospital report that after considering other drugs as heroin substitutes, they hit upon methadone, a...

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