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Drug Addiction and the Practice of Public Health in Late Imperial and Early Soviet Russia

Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo Universiteta, Istoriya. 2018. Vol. 63. No. 4. P. 1100-1119.

This paper examines the social practice of late Imperial and early Soviet public health in order to evaluate the evolution of “in-the-field” medical approaches towards opiate, cocaine and cannabis addiction. It focuses on the period when drug use was first constructed as a delinquency, and thus as a social problem requiring immediate intervention. It examines physicians’ and pharmacists’ attempts to restrict and control the drug production, distribution and sale; sanitary propaganda and other prophylactic measures; and the establishment of special institutions for the treatment of addicts.