Coca-Cola is so ubiquitous and world-famous that its easy to forget its captivating origin story — or even, that it has one worth a look in the first place. Everyone has heard the rumors it once contained cocaine, but only a sliver of the population knows anything about its inventor John Stith Pemberton. The Georgia Department of Agriculture uses his laboratories to this day — over years after his death.
Today, over a century later, it seems absurd to think of heroin as anything other than a social tragedy. Once upon a time — at the turn of the 20th century — heroin was hailed as a miracle drug and universal cure-all. It started inwhen Heinrich Dreser, working for the Bayer pharmaceutical company, spotted the commercial potential of diacetylmorphine, a white, crystalline variation of morphine first synthesized in by London chemist, Charles Romley Wright.
The Day of the Locust meets The Devil in the White City and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil in this juicy, untold Hollywood story: an addictive true tale of ambition, scandal, intrigue, murder, and the creation of the modern film industry. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence. In a fiendishly involving narrative, bestselling Hollywood chronicler William J.
At least that was the case until things started getting out of control. While the substance heroin was created sometime in the latter part of the 19th century, the narcotic had its forerunners perhaps as early as the Neolithic days. Reportedly, the usage of the poppy started in the Mediterranean and spread to Asia, first India and then China.
As many as 18 people were killed and dozens more injured, and one male suspect is in custody, after a mass shooting at a Texas shopping mall, officials said. Here's what we know about the situation so far. Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr held hands during date night, hours after announcing their relationship.
Drugs such as cocaine and heroin aren't just glamorous because they're illegal. Even when you could buy them at any pharmacy or grocery store, they still had a certain cool factor. Just look at these fantastic vintage advertisements for opium, coca-laced wine and "medicinal tonics.
Doctors prescribing painkillers willy-nilly. Expensive treatment facilities marketed to addicts from well-off families. These are things America has seen before, when the country went through its first opioid crisis. In the late s, doctors were battling to get the public to respect them as scientifically oriented professionals, distinct from traditional healers.
Philippe Bonnet is a collector of antique drugs paraphernalia. He talks us through the history of drug use in eight objects. A hundred years ago, you could walk into a pharmacy or department store and buy cocaine, heroin or morphine.
That was when physicians first got their hands on morphine: a truly effective treatment for pain, delivered first by tablet and then by the newly invented hypodermic syringe. With no criminal regulations on morphine, opium or heroin, many of these drugs became the "secret ingredient" in readily available, dubiously effective medicines. In the 19th century, after all, there was no Food and Drug Administration FDA to regulate the advertising claims of health products. Manufacturers of these nostrums often made misleading claims and kept their full ingredients list and formulas proprietary, though we now know they often contained cocaine, opium, morphine, alcohol and other intoxicants or toxins.