Charles B. Towns in the Atlanta Constitution, January 13, 1917

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Here is an editorial that appeared in the Atlanta Constitution editorial page on January 13, 1917 regarding “The Drug Problem.” The article was written in response to a pamphlet written by Charles B. Towns regarding the “Federal Responsibility in the Solution of Habit-Forming Drug Problem.” The drug-addict was pictured as a victim. If was to […]

Drug Evil Target of Fierce Attack

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In spite of all these things the sale of habit-forming drugs has steadily, alarmingly increased; it has grown until its magnitude is such that it constitutes a National threat. These are not the words of an enthusiast. Any reputable physician who has made a study of the situation will indorse them

Could the Opioid Crisis of Today Been Avoided?

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Legislation has recently been passed by the Congress and signed by the President regarding our opioid crisis, which has been called the health crisis of our times. The book I’ve written involves a history of opium usage and treatment in the United States dating from more than 100 years ago. The book also deals with […]

The Towns Prediction That Unfortunately Came True

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Charles Towns wrote the following in his book “Habits That Handicap,” which was published in 1915. “If a drug-user or alcoholic who has been locked up in a prison is in no way relieved of his craving for the substance which is harming him, and his efforts to obtain it will be desperate. The class […]

Parkhurst’s Deleted Sentences Regarding Belladonna in “To Employers.”

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Glenn Chesnut has provided ample documentation of that Dr. William Silkworth and Charles Towns differed when it came to the belladonna treatment (AAHL message 11053, December 15, 2015). Silkworth, to my knowledge, never described administering belladonna on-the-hour for up to fifty hours the way Towns instructed during the peak of his influence in the 1910’s. […]

Charles Towns and Drugs In Prison

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In mid-February, 2016, 46 prison guards from nine different prisons were arrested in Georgia. The charges related to illegal drugs being purchased, distributed  and produced by prisoners. Charles B. Towns, in the book Habits That Handicap published in 1915, predicted that drugs in American prisons would omnipresent. He believed that if the craving for drugs by prisoners […]

Charles Towns 1945 Letter to Bill Wilson

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Charles Towns wrote a fascinating letter to Bill Wilson on October 4, 1945. He claims to have been the originator of the need for Bill’s small group of drunks to write a book that would document their movement. The letter was written on Towns Hospital stationary to Bill Wilson at 415 Lexington Avenue in New […]

Dr William J. Robinson

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Dr William J. Robinson was the editor of the MEDICAL REVIEW OF REVIEWS, which was a very prominent medical magazine founded in 1895. Charles Barnes Towns was hired in early 1916 to write a “Drug Addictions and Alcoholism” column even though Towns had but an eighth-grade education. The reputation of Towns Hospital and the Towns […]

The Solon of Narcotics

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Some called him “an undisputed king, or perhaps emperor, so magnificent were his accomplishments.” Another called him a “Solon of Narcotics.” A prominent Boston doctor said he was “one of the most persuasive and dominating personalities in the world.” Towns achieved a national and even international prominence. Towns believed that the nation had the opportunity […]