History of Control of Drug Misuse in the United Kingdom

  • S. Bradshaw


Nicotine and alcohol aside, serious abuse of drugs — that is, widespread abuse, productive of social upset — did not occur in the United Kingdom before the mid-1950s. Long before then, of course, there were periods when particular drugs were to some extent abused, and also some well-known abusers. Thus Coleridge and De Quincey were opium addicts, and in the middle of the last century the Pharmaceutical Journal (1850, 9, 591) published this interesting tip on the weaning of addicts from their laudanum (Tincture of Opium): ‘We have known the object attained by convincing the patient of the necessity of an effort on his part and directing him to fill up the bottle with water after each dose has been taken out.’


General Medical Council Drug Misuse Narcotic Drug Legal Remedy Dangerous Drug 
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