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History of Drugs
By Paige, Caitlyn, Jessica, and Jenna
9 months ago
1911: The New York Times claimed that cocaine was a direct link to prostitution in young girls
1912: The FDA announced it was against caffeine, because it was believed to be poison
1900: James R Daly announced heroin is not addictive
1903: Ingredients in coca-cola were changed to replace the cocaine found in the product
1914: Harrison Narcotic Act outlawed cocaine in the US
1924: The 1924 ban on heroin did basically nothing to stop avid users
1932: During this year there were 45,000 jail sentences given for illegal alcohol usage
1937: The Marijuana Tax Act is passed by congress
1939: Nazi scientists in Germany studied the smoking of tobacco linked with lung cancer
1950: Because of their service for the country, WWII soldiers are no longer denied access to dangerous drugs
1950: The American Medical Association released a study with evidence to confirm a link with smoking and lung cancer
1979: Drug usage peaked with 1 in 10 americans using drugs on a regular basis. This is when jail sentences began to increase.
1960: Vietnam soldiers were also not denied access to illegal drugs.
2006: It was determined that the US has 2.5 million chronic users
2005: Federal laws that restrict sales of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are put in place
2017: Knowledge of drug usage has increased, but there's still more to learn in the future.
From the 40's to the 60's, cocaine usage declined due to the Harrison Narcotic Act
During the 60's drug addiction increased because it helped "treat" depression, anxiety, and boredom
During the 80's people began associating needle usage with HIV
During the early 2000's reports of overdose and death of prescription drugs began to rise sharply
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