Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Historical Perspectives: Opium, Morphine and Opiates (Part 2)

We continue a brief history of the opiates, which includes describing the different responses of the United States and Britain to opiate problems in the earlier parts of the century.

‘Heinrich Dreser had synthesised diacetylmorphine in 1898, which he called heroin because of its heroic possibilities for treatment. The company Bayer marketed it for coughs, for which it was effective with less side effects than morphine.’

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