Cocaine and Heroin used to be legal…for Children!

Via on Sep 7, 2009

old fashioned heroin over the counter

A bottle of Bayer’s heroin.. Between 1890 and 1910 heroin was sold as a non-addictive substitute for morphine. It was also used to treat children with a strongcough.

Ah, the good old days: over-the-counter Heroin.

From Why Our Grandparents were Happier Than we Were via lowercase liberal comes this shot of Bayer’s Heroin.

Reminds me of my post re legalizing, and taxing the hell out of, and making safer, the sale and distribution of pot. Should we bring these black economies into the light of legal day, or should we pretend they don’t exist, keep them illegal, and neither tax nor control them?

Bonus: Cocaine, for Children!

cocaine children

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13 Responses to “Cocaine and Heroin used to be legal…for Children!”

  1. Bryce Brown: And now we profit by feeding them junk food, sugar, additives…all equally addictive…

  2. Beverly says:

    Wow, pretty irresponsible article to put on here. Especially with the death of a local youth who drank an opium tincture he got of the internet recently. Not to mention the numerous amount of people we see overdose in our community on a regular basis. I work with people addicted to narcotics and other substances and really better not to make light of a substance such as heroin. Not sure it I think that was " the good old days" as you were putting it.

    • somehow i think he was being ironic ….

    • The regulation, education and taxation of heroin and cocaine is better than our current situation. I've never used cocaine or heroin, but people that want to use these drugs WILL get a hold of it whether or not it is legal. These users would be far safer using cocaine and heroin that was processed and handled safely. Like Elephant says, "Should we bring these black economies into the light of legal day, or should we pretend they don’t exist, keep them illegal, and neither tax nor control them?"

    • Robbie says:

      The regulation, education and taxation of heroin and cocaine is better than our current situation. I've never used cocaine or heroin, but people that want to use these drugs WILL get a hold of it whether or not it is legal. These users would be far safer using cocaine and heroin that was processed and handled safely. Like Elephant says, "Should we bring these black economies into the light of legal day, or should we pretend they dont exist, keep them illegal, and neither tax nor control them?"

  3. Rick Gilbert says:

    about 5 years ago someone brought the contents of a relative's medicine cabinet to our household hazardous waste facility. included was a tube of cannabis extract salve (still mostly full) from the Squibb pharmaceutical company. we gave the tube to law enforcement and kept the box to put in our antique/unique shelf.

  4. Joe says:

    The result of drug prohibition is that we now have more violence, corruption, and adulterated street drugs, which means addicts get treated as criminals. If we were to legalize cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, they would be regulated in a free market, and by doing so, would take the profits away from major drug dealing cartels. This could possibly save more lives by cutting down on black market violence and gang warfare. Heroin and cocaine were both legal around the turn of the century, and people could lead fairly respectable lives despite being addicted to one of more substances. In fact, most of the people that used opiates, during parts of the late 19th to early 20th centuries, were middle-class citizens who had relatively normal lifestyles.

  5. I won't respond to Beverly…..except (heh) to say–better keep those same kids out of cars then. Certainly we don't want to expose children to the number one killer, right? Pretty irresponsible to put a child in a 3000 pound piece of steel and then accelerate that piece of steel to the crushing speed of 70 MPH. Who the eff would EVER do that?

    Great post. I use what's left of my stash of old cocaine drops to sooth my four month old son's teething issues. He LOVES it!

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