Psychotoxic Drugs

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Rise of a New Black Market in Drugs

A new effort will be made in Congress this year to put through legislation aimed to check an alarming growth in the non-medical use of so-called psychotoxic drugs. This term is applied to drugs, not legally defined as narcotics, which nevertheless affect the mental outlook of the user. The group comprises the well-known sedatives, stimulants, and tranquilizers frequently prescribed by doctors for home medication, as well as the more exotic vision-producing drugs like LSD-25 which are never prescribed for home use. Contrary to popular impression, these drugs, although not addictive in the same way as the narcotics heroin and opium, may have extremely serious consequences when taken without medical supervision.

Pressure for stronger government action to confine psychotoxic ...

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