Bayer Aspirin and Heroin 1898-1910 Bayer Aspirin and Heroin 1898-1910 | allnurses

Bayer Aspirin and Heroin 1898-1910

  1. 6 From 1898 through to 1910, heroin was marketed as a cough suppressant by trusted companies like Bayer -- alongside the company's other new product, Aspirin.

    From wikipedia:
    In 1895, the German drug company Bayer marketed diacetylmorphine as an over-the-counter drug under the trademark name Heroin.[56] The name was derived from the Greek word "Heros" because of its perceived "heroic" effects upon a user.[56] It was developed chiefly as amorphine substitute for cough suppressants that did not have morphine's addictive side-effects. Morphine at the time was a popular recreational drug, and Bayer wished to find a similar but non-addictive substitute to market. However, contrary to Bayer's advertising as a "non-addictive morphine substitute," heroin would soon have one of the highest rates of dependence among its users.[57]

    Last edit by Joe V on Jan 9, '16
  2. 7 Comments

  3. Visit  champagnesupeRNova profile page
    #1 5
    I love all these vintage posts!
  4. Visit  Vishwamitr profile page
    #2 1
    Wow! Look at that. Coca Cola used to have cocaine in its formula and hence the name Coke.
  5. Visit  RNfaster profile page
    #3 0
    Heroin also goes by diamorphine in the U.K. where it is used to alleviate severe pain as well as for addicts.
  6. Visit  Genista profile page
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  7. Visit  thelema13 profile page
    #5 0
    How scary if pts switched to asking for diamorphine instead of dilaudid.
  8. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
    #6 0
    Quote from thelema13
    How scary if pts switched to asking for diamorphine instead of dilaudid.
    ^^^Yup...rather be a dilaudid supplier...
  9. Visit  pronurse45 profile page
    #7 0
    ...well at least they have a good intention for selling heroin!