The bizarre history of opiate use in America

The Guardian.  Interesting sentences: “One famous product was Mrs Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, a morphine and alcohol concoction that was marketed to parents of fussy children as a “perfectly harmless and pleasant” way to produce a “natural quiet sleep, by relieving the child from pain”. After the civil war, even more potent drugs entered the market, including the opiate heroin (introduced by Bayeraround the same time as aspirin) and the stimulant cocaine, which was used in everything from cough syrups to Coca-Cola (despite the company’s stringent denials).”

Sheesh.