Harrison Narcotic Act


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Harrison Narcotic Act

A law enacted in 1914 that classified certain drugs as habit forming and restricted their sale and distribution.
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It began with the United States' Harrison Narcotic Act in 1914 and spread throughout the world, with increasing regulation of narcotic prescribing and a requirement that contents of medicines be clearly stated.
42) The payoffs and corruption continued even after passage of the federal Harrison Narcotic Act in 1914 brought federal agents to Chicago.
Although drug selling became an underground trade well before the federal Harrison Narcotic Act ushered in national drug prohibition, tighter legal controls meant that many users found it easier to simply stay close to their source of supply.
It is ironic that, in 1997, Americans should recommend "drug medicalization" as a cure for America's drug problem: It was the "drug medicalization" act of 1914 - better known as the Harrison Narcotic Act - that transformed widely used analgesics and sedatives into dangerous "narcotics," specially monitored by the federal government, available only by a physician's prescription.
From its first major legislative undertaking of the federal Harrison Narcotic Act to daily contact with state and federal legislators today, it has provided a mechanism for Ohio's hospitals to come together to develop health care legislation and policy in the best interest of hospitals and their communities.
Although the subsequent proscription of the narcotics on the federal level has been well documented,(2) little attention has been paid to their regulation by individual states before the passage by Congress in 1914 of the Harrison Narcotic Act - the federal government's first comprehensive attempt to address the sale and consumption of narcotics.