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It’s Insane What Drugs You Used To Be Able To Buy In A Normal Grocery Store

It used to be a lot easier to get your hard drug of choice. Heroin, cocaine, and various forms of opium used to be freely available over the counter for anyone who wanted them. It also used to be common practice to combine opium and cocaine with other products to create something stronger.

Even more powerful (or bizarre) than the products themselves were their packaging and advertisements. Judged by today”s ethical advertising standards, these ads will make you look at the past with shame.

Vin Mariani was a powerful and popular wine in the late 1800s. Its popularity was likely due to its high concentration of cocaine.

Vin Mariani was a powerful and popular wine in the late 1800s. Its popularity was likely due to its high concentration of cocaine.

Even the pope at the time (Pope Leo XIII) loved Vin Mariani. He was a spokesperson for them at one point.

Even the pope at the time (Pope Leo XIII) loved Vin Mariani. He was a spokesperson for them at one point.

I don”t think cocaine really refreshes and fortifies your entire system.

I don

Cocaine-infused wine was a popular product in the western world before it was banned.

Cocaine-infused wine was a popular product in the western world before it was banned.

If you weren”t in the mood for wine, you could buy some cocaine tablets. Judging from the box, they supposedly cured most ailments.

If you weren

Only 15 cents for an instant, cocaine-induced cure.

Only 15 cents for an instant, cocaine-induced cure.

Can you guess what was in Mrs. Winslow”s Soothing Syrup?

Can you guess what was in Mrs. Winslow

Oh, you know, just heroin.

Oh, you know, just heroin.

Oh boy…

Oh boy...

According to some doctors at the time, opium was a leading cause of infant mortality. The child would not overdose on the drug, but instead die of starvation because the drug would impact their appetite.

According to some doctors at the time, opium was a leading cause of infant mortality. The child would not overdose on the drug, but instead die of starvation because the drug would impact their appetite.

I think heroin does a little more than just alleviate coughing…

I think heroin does a little more than just alleviate coughing...

(via Dangerous Minds)

I can”t believe a pope actually became a spokesperson for a cocaine-infused French wine. Even worse, I think, are those children”s medications full of opium and heroin. It”s hard for me to imagine a world in which we didn”t know those drugs are bad for you.