Narcotic Addict 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Narcotic Addict 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows


Set of three posters for pharmacy windows titled "The Treatment of the Narcotic Addict" printed in 1964. These "ethical displays" were designed and written by Frank Pinchak, a pharmacist from Paterson, New Jersey. Published by his company Professional Advancement Plan, Pinchak sold the posters to pharmacists around the country. He donated the posters to the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy in 2013. The main poster reads: "The treatment of the Narcotic Addict. Most narcotic addicts are sick persons who need medical and special assistance, whether they are involved in criminal activities or not. U.S. government has two special hospitals for addicts - Lexington, KY, Fort Worth, Texas. Some communities are setting up hospitals specifically for narcotic addicts." Side poster #1 reads: "Treatment under medical supervision: 1 - Drug is withdrawn...Less addictive drugs often substituted. 2 - Several months of supervision in institution - a. Addict is helped to understand why he uses drugs and how he can live without them. b. May receive vocational guidance. c. Gets assistance on planning how to return to community." Side poster #2 reads: "After return to community - Rehabilitation depends on 1. Patients motivation. 2. Success of psychological treatment at hospital. 3. Attitude and resources of community. Addicts have high relapse rate!"




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Image copyright Brian Silverstein, 2008.






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Pinchak, Seymore Francis (Frank), 1922-2014, “Narcotic Addict 3 Poster Set for Pharmacy Windows,” American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Digital Collection, accessed March 2, 2024,