The tragic death of Marilyn Monroe, whether accidental or otherwise, emphasizes the potential danger of having sleeping pills within easy access of the bed.
In nearly a third of a century of practice, I have seen patients in a semi-stuporous condition after the first dose repeat it once or several times, with no self-destructive intent because they were not fully conscious.
It would be wise to keep these medications as far as possible from the sleeping quarters, preferably on another floor.
H. PAUL JOHNSON, M.D. Canon City, Colo.
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