The good old days of drug addiction

Tap, one of those e-mails an octogenarian friend sent me. Even if you publish, you may lose the graphics. Anyway…

Have you ever wondered why our great grandparents all had such fond memories of their youth?
Well…I’m surprised they remembered anything at all!!!
Forget Tums & Tylenol. Forget Aleve & Benedryl.
Look at the stuff they had back then!

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 suffering with a strong cough.

Coca Wine, anyone?
Metcalf’s Coca Wine was one of a huge variety of wines with cocaine on the market. Everybody used to say that it would make you happy and it would also work as a medicinal treatment.

Mariani Wine.
Mariani wine (1875) was the most famous Coca wine of it’s time. Pope Leo XIII used to carry one bottle with him all the time. He awarded Angelo Mariani (the producer) with a Vatican gold medal.

Produced by the Maltine Manufacturing Company of New York. It was suggested that you should take a full glass with or after every meal. Children should only take half a glass.

A paperweight:
A paperweight promoting C.F. Boehringer & Soehne (Mannheim, Germany). They were proud of being the biggest producers in the world of products containing Quinine and Cocaine.

Opium for Asthma:
At 40% alcohol plus 3 grams of opium per tablet. It didn’t cure you…but you didn’t care!

Cocaine Tablets (1900).
All stage actors, singers, teachers and preachers had to have them for a maximum performance. Great to ‘smooth’ the voice.

Cocaine drops for toothache.
Very popular for children in 1885. Not only did they relieve the pain, they made the children very happy!

Opium for newborns.
I’m sure this would make them sleep well. (not only the Opium, but also the 46% alcohol)
It’s no wonder they were called, “The Good Old Days”.
From cradle to grave…everyone was STONED!
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5 Responses to “The good old days of drug addiction”

  1. Wow didn’t realise it was that bad/good, had a bottle of brown’s tincture when i was young, had a couple a grains of opium, only ever saw it once, had to get codine linctus and it made you terribly ichty, oh the good old days…

  2. Anonymous says:

    I can’t see the pictuers!?

  3. Tapestry says:

    try a search for

    heroin medicine bottle

    cocaine medicine bottle

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Tap, the questions I would ask are.
    Where did the drugs originate, which Country.
    Who bought the raw ingredients.
    Who financed the deals.
    Who refined the ingredients.
    Which company marketed the product.
    Which Elite family made all the money.
    Are they still operating, doing the same business ?

  5. Arnold Brame says:

    It is true that several drugs are used for the treatment of most weird ailments but according to Health And Safety Consultant Peterborough, there are about 12% deaths at the workplace because of workers taking such drugs as a medication.

    Arnold Brame

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