MANY ASK DRUG TREATMENT.
Law Enforcement Increases Patients at General Hospital.
The increased difficulty for drug users to obtain habit forming drugs is responsible for an increase in the number of addicts applying at the General hospital for treatment, according to Dr. George B. Pippin, superintendent.
During the last week at least one addict was admitted every day. For many weeks preceding the number of applicants was very small. Withing the last week the licenses of two physicians convicted of selling drugs illegally was revoked by the Missouri state medical board and the federal authorities also have been active in halting illicit sales.
The drug users become desperate when deprived of their "dope" by the dealers, who have been frightened into obeying the law, it is said. Those who are undergoing treatment are not allowed any visitors until the course has been completed. Chewing gum and newspapers are two comforts which most of them ask their friends to take to the hospital.