Socrates says that the penalty which the good must suffer for not taking part in the government is that they must live under the government of worse people than themselves. We may apply the aphorism to pharmacy in this wise: If the druggists of the United States do not resolutely take hold of the regulation of the sale of narcotic drugs, and take the lead in procuring effective legislation restricting the sale of drugs, they will merely be turning it over to the care of people who are less competent to deal with it than themselves, and whose efforts at legislation are more likely to be inspired by righteous motives than they are to be attended by satisfactory results.