Doctors prescribe opium to their patients to manage pain as well as help with maladies.
Friedrich Wilhelm Sertürner of Germany isolates morphine from opium.
The U.S. begins manufacturing morphine.
Alexander Wood devises the first hypodermic needle to administer morphine to a patient suffering from neuralgia.
Physicians raise concerns with morphine addiction, also known as “narcomania".
A pharmaceutical company synthesizes heroin from morphine and introduces it as a cough/cold remedy.
A philanthropic vorganization provides free heroin to morphine addicts to help them quit.
Pharmaceutical companies must label their products and list dangerous ingredients.
The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act taxes those who import, manufacture, or prescribe narcotics.
A pharmaceutical company develops hydrocodone, another opiate painkiller.
LEGAL NARCOTICS BANNED
Under the U.S. Treasury Department's Narcotics Division.
U.S. makes the manufacture and possession of heroin illegal.
OPIUM AND LAUDANUM
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