How things have changed. Nowadays we wouldn’t dream of giving our children cocaine to treat sore throats or toothaches, Firstly because we know how devastating cocaine is and secondly we would be arrested,
But in days of yore it was perfectly acceptable to give you offspring and indeed yourself a ‘healthy’ dose of cocaine.
Substances we now know to be highly addictive and even lethal weren’t always seen that way. In the late 19th and early 20th century heroin was seen as a cough medicine and coca cola’s secret ingredient was cocaine.(Have a coke and a smile)
Cigarettes were recommended for pregnant women. Even arsenic was used in confectionery and advertised as something that would keep you young.
Below are just some of the examples of medical advise and advertisements used in the past.
What could go wrong?
Why stop with beer? Why not use whiskey or rum to get your child to sleep.
Arsenious Acid granules. Nothing like a little Aresenic to cure what ails you. Notice the inconsistency of the dosage. Each granule could contain anywhere from 1 to 50 grain and you were to take 1-2 granules, therefore you may have from 1 to 100 grain in any one dose. Thankfully they have now labelled it as poison just in case.
Have a smoke for white teeth
Heroin and Cannabis were marketed as potent cough suppressants.
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