Comments: 1898: Bayer mass markets heroin as cough suppressant

One of the early uses of "heroin" was also a non-addictive cure for "soldiers disease." Following a number of wars, soldiers who were addicted to morphine. The fellow who "invented" heroin (Heinrich Dreser) also had major hand in developing what Bayer is really known for: Aspirin.

Posted by GMRoper at February 23, 2005 05:54 PM

Thank you for that little piece of history. I really love those bit of knowledge of the past that put our world into perspective.

Posted by Steven J. Kelso Sr. at February 24, 2005 09:11 PM

The history of Coca-Cola, Listerene, hemp products, and cough syrup in general is interesting.

Posted by DarkStar at February 25, 2005 12:45 AM
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