The Prohibition of Illegal Narcotics 1915

The Prohibition of Illegal Narcotics 1915

The Prohibition of Illegal Narcotics 1915
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Francis Burton Harrison (1873–1957)

Morphine (an opium derivative and relative of heroin) was discovered to have pain-killing qualities during the Civil War and quickly became the major component in numerous patent medications.

Marijuana and cocaine were used to cure migraines, rheumatism, and sleeplessness in the late 1800s, while cocaine was used to treat sinusitis, hay fever, and chronic exhaustion in the late 1800s. All of these narcotics were also used recreationally, with cocaine being a regular ingredient in wines and soda pop, notably the well-known Coca-Cola.

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