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When prohibited drugs were bought over-the-counter

Morphine, cocaine, heroin, opium and marijuana were sold in pharmacies or drugstores without prescription.

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Morphine, cocaine, heroin, opium and marijuana were considered miracle drugs and were sold in pharmacies or drugstores without prescription. In the first decades of the 20th century, the use of balsamic anti-asthma cigarettes containing marijuana was common. It was recommended to smoke them slowly, inhaling the smoke strongly. Along with the fumigating balsamic whipped papers, which instantly calmed asthma and suffocation attacks, especially at night, because they couldn't sleep. The paper was made to burn inside the closed room, causing a very favorable and pleasant artificial atmosphere for the patient, because it quickly normalized his breathing, sleeping peacefully. Both products, widely used, belonged to Dr. Andreu's therapeutic arsenal. Cocaine in the form of drops or syrup was an instant cure to soothe teething pain in babies, improving their mood. It was the fundamental ingredient in the generous wines, for its medicinal and stimulating actions, where the Mariani Wine stood out, a blend of Bordeaux and Coca from Peru. It was consumed by Pope Leo XIII, who always carried a bottle with him. He accepted that his face appeared on the label of the bottle and awarded a gold medal to its creator, Angelo Mariani. In sore throats, cocaine tablets were indispensable for singers, teachers and speakers. They calmed the pain and had a resuscitative effect. Also used in colds, bronchial irritations and insomnia. Opium mixed with camphor alcohol 46th, was known as Paregoric Elixir. It was used to facilitate infant sleep with the following dosage: 5 day old children, 3 drops. Two-week-old children, 5 drops. Five-year-olds, 25 drops. Adults, one teaspoon. Syndenham's Laudanum was a mixture of Opium Alcoholic Tincture with white wine and saffron. His indication was the treatment of pain, whatever its cause. In 1898, the Bayer Laboratory put Heroin syrup on sale, indicated for the relief of children's coughs in colds, bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia. Advertising campaigns included the delivery of thousands of free samples to children with coughs. Soon there were cases of children claiming the syrup, pretending to have a cough. Between 1898 and 1910, heroin was promoted as a non-addictive substitute for morphine, a remedy for childhood cough. In 1913, it was shown that heroin was transformed into morphine when it passed through the liver, and that it was highly addictive, so production and sale were discontinued. These products improved coughs, pneumonia, hunger, depression, heartache and any other discomfort they could think of.

Publication Date: 04/05/2018

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