Anne L. Foster is Associate Professor of History at Indiana State University, author of
Deciding on Prohibition
As concern about the negative effects of opium grew, officials and reformers proposed a variety of potential solutions including better control over sales, registration of users, restricting the amounts sold, and prohibition. This chapter explores the ways that anti-opium reformers settled on prohibition as the best solution to the problems they perceived with opium and with other drugs like cocaine and morphine. The United States became a major player in this international movement.