by Mihai Andrei
Nowadays, people seem to be more and more stressed, even average people that at least apparently don't take big gambles. Researchers have put a lot of time and money into the study of this problem, and came up with a whole lot of theories, but really, don't let those fool you. Here's the real deal, here's why it was so easy in those days.
Yeah baby, between 1890 and 1910, heroin was sold as a 'less addictive form of morphine'. At some point, it was even recommended to treat the usual cough, but only in children.
Diacetylmorphine was first synthesized by Alder Wright, who concluded it was even more addictive than opium, and abandoned research in this direction. However, the Bayer company concluded that it was very effective in treating moderate pains and dealing with diseases such as asthma or tuberculosis, so they branded it as Heroin. What's interesting is that it was branded pretty much at the same time with acetylsalicylic acid, that became later known as aspirin. It's hard to say which one of these had more success…
Boehringer & Soehne
Boehringer & Soehne were located in Mannheim, Germany. Never heard of them?? Well, if they were doing today what they did about a century ago now, you'd definitely know about them, because they proudly advertised their products, claiming the make the best produts from cocaine and chinine. It wasn't only the quality that made them so good, as their ads said: "Prices no higher than for any other brand". You just don't see that anymore, sadly.
Opium for newborns, and not only
Stickney and Poor's are known today mostly for spices, but back in the day, they also sold this syrup that helped babies sleep well; and if the opium inside wasn't enough, then the 46% alcohol would definitely do the trick.