7. Morphine ‘soothing syrup’
Everyone knows that in the early years (until 1903), Coca-Cola actually contained cocaine. But cocaine was hardly the only hard drug in everyday products back then.
As early as 1849, Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, which contained morphine sulfate, was marketed to mothers as a treatment for teething children, promising to “soothe any human or animal”. Like Bayer’s cough suppressant, it worked; although by 1911 it was exposed by the American Medical Association as a “baby killer”.Back to top