ABSTRACT

The newspapers of Georgia, Tennessee and some other Southern States have been printing during the past month some most sensational stories regarding the widespread addiction of the colored and vicious white population of the larger cities to cocaine and other narcotic drugs. As bearing out in a degree these alarmist reports we note the introduction in the Georgia House of Representatives of a bill to restrict the sale of drugs of this nature, and a similar measure is now up for passage in the legislature of Tennesee. It is no longer denied that the cocaine and morphine habits have spread to an alarming extent in some of the larger cities of the South. Many lives have been wrecked by the drugs and an effort is being made, as here noted, to check the consumption of cocaine and morphine by legislative enactment.