JUNKe Life


Before prohibition… a junkie’s dream
February 19, 2006, 4:25 pm
Filed under: Good Stuff

Jeeeesus, why didn’t they leave good enough alone?

From the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s the reputable drug companies of the day began manufacturing over the counter drug kits. These kits contained a glass barreled hypodermic needle and vials of opiates (morphine or heroin) and/or cocaine packaged neatly in attractive engraved tin cases.

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There were of course marketing and advertising campaigns launched by the drug companies producing this product that touted these narcotics as the cure for all types of physical and mental aliments ranging from alcohol withdrawal to cancer, depression, sluggishness, coughs, colds, tuberculosis and even old age.

Heroin, morphine and other opiate derivatives were unregulated and sold legally in the United States until 1920 when Congress recognized the danger of these drugs and enacted the Dangerous Drug Act. This new law made over-the-counter purchase of these drugs illegal and deemed that their distribution be federally regulated.

As much as I appreciate a package of new syringes, water and alcohol swabs from my local needle exchange program, how’s about a return to the good ol’ days when we could purchase a nice clean set of works and the goods to go in ’em?


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