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THE PHYSICIAN AND THE DRUG ABUSE LAWS

JAMA. 1968;205(11):788-789. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140370090022.
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The Drug Abuse Control Amendments of 1965, amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938, became effective on Feb 1, 1966. They are designed to provide "increased controls over the distribution (italics supplied) of barbiturates, amphetamines, and other drugs having a similar effect on the central nervous system"1 and to control the enormous traffic in counterfeit drugs. Further amendments, currently before Congress and already approved by the House, would strengthen the 1965 law by referring specifically to LSD, by adding penalties for possession, and by increasing the powers of federal inspectors in enforcement. Surveillance of distribution, and to some extent possession, is effected through the registration and records of industrial, wholesale, and retail agencies dealing with pharmaceutical preparations.

How do the new laws affect the physician? Directly, very little. He is required to keep records only if he dispenses the drugs from his little black bag or

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