40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class
The origin of heroin
Some strange historical facts are almost too weird to be true. Heroin kills thousands of people every year as an illegal street drug, but back in the day, it was given to everyone from babies to the elderly to cure any number of conditions. Cough? Take some heroin. Headache? Have some heroin! In fact, Bayer (a pharmaceutical company that’s still around today) was the first to use and market heroin as a medicine. In 1885, they started selling it as a “non-addictive” alternative to morphine, which was used in cough medicine. Obviously, Bayer was not being honest, and heroin soon had one of the highest addiction rates among users.