ABSTRACT

It is not my purpose to occupy your time with a formal address—reviewing the history of this association, its needs and its aims, which would indeed be profitable and no doubt interesting — but rather to discuss some subject of public need from a practical standpoint; and therefore, laying aside the formality and routine of an address as usually delivered on such occasions as this, let me call your attention to an important subject, fully within the scope of our association, an evil often overlooked, or if tacitly acknowledged not faced, but too frequently evaded; an evil that is growing and that we believe so largely and constantly contributes to that ever-increasing population of alcoholics and narcomaniacs that dwell in our midst and are ever with us. We refer to the evil attending the indiscriminate use of so-called patent or proprietary medicines as the cause of either the alcohol or the opium habit or other forms of drug addiction.