From the October 1966 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

AMA Editorializes on Misuse of Drugs

Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information.

Among the misuses of sedatives and stimulants still possible despite Public Law 89-74 (Drug Abuse Control Amendments of 1965) are the following: (1) utilizing these drugs for prolonged, unsupervised periods for symptomatic relief, without adequate for diagnosis or knowledge of the patient's experience with and attitudes about these and other dependence-inducing drugs; (2) acceding to the patient's demands for increased quantities when there is no real medical indication for such increase; (3) shifting from one sedative or stimulant to another in the mistaken belief that the substituted drug is "safe"; (4) writing refillable prescriptions without apparent thought of cumulative effects or the possibility of psychic or physical dependence or both.

-- Dale C. Cameron, M.D.

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