Morphine addictive? No, says N.C. doctor

“Some experts… believed that injected morphine was not addictive, though it was when taken orally. One North Carolina doctor told [researcher H.H.] Kane in 1880 in perfect innocence: ‘On one patient I have used the hypodermic needle between 2,500 and 3,000 times in a period of 18 months, and so far I see no signs of the opium habit.’ He obviously arrived with his needle before the onset of withdrawal symptoms.”

— From “Drugs in America: A Social History, 1800-1980” by H. Wayne Morgan (1981)

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  1. Could this be the Dr. H. H. Kane who would go on to be arrested as a con man who pushed the bogus “radium cure” in New York City and took the coach racing world by storm at the turn of the 19th century? There is a New York Times obit online. He seems like quite the character.

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