Tuesday, November 30

The fascinating story of the time when heroin was used as a cough remedy (and how it was later banned)

  • Pierina Pighi Bel (@PierinaPighi)
  • BBC News World

Bayer heroin

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A few years after being produced in a laboratory for the first time, in the late 1800s, heroin was the main ingredient in a cough remedy.

Today, more than 100 years later, heroin is a highly addictive illegal drug that in the US alone has caused the overdose deaths of nearly 130,000 people in 20 years.

How was this opioid born and how did it end up being banned?


The chemical name for heroin is diacetylmorphine.


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