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Coca cola drink with cocaine -1901
1800s

Cocaine-laced Coca-Cola introduced (1886)

Did Coca-Cola once have cocaine in it? Amazingly, yes. Originally marketed as a health drink when it debuted in the 1880s, Coca-Cola was said to cure everything from a migraine (aka “sick headache”) to physical exhaustion to depression.

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Victorian drug problem - 1900
1800s

A Victorian addiction: The cocaine monster (1898)

We seem to be rapidly becoming a nation of cocaine fiends. If the number of those addicted to the use of the dreadful drug continues to increase at the present rate, the importation of a blessed alleviator of pain will have to be classed with opium and its use prohibited by law, except for medicinal purposes.

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