1. Heroin was launched as a medicine by Felix Hoffman, an employee of
Bayer, only a few days after he invented aspirin. Bayer immediately
applied for a trademark on the term "heroin" then began marketing the
drug as a cure for morphine addiction. It was also marketed as cough
syrup for children.
2. Parke-Davis, a subsidiary of Pfizer, promoted and sold cocaine. It
even produced a "cocaine injection kit" complete with a syringe for
shooting up. Skeptical? You can view the picture yourself by clicking www.NewsTarget.com/gallery/articles/ParkeDavisInjection.jpg
3. A subsidiary of Novartis, Sandoz Laboratories, introduced the world
to LSD in 1938, marketing it as a psychiatric drug named Delysid. This
same drug company also created saccharin, the artificial chemical
4. Drug giant Merck pioneered the commercial manufacture of morphine
from opium and was a heavy pusher and marketer of cocaine. Merck also
patented MDMA (Ecstasy, the rave drug). After World War II, Merck also
began producing pesticides and food preservatives.
5. Ritalin is "speed" for children. A chemical amphetamine, Ritalin is
made of controlled substances that would land you in prison if you sold
them to a kid on the street, yet the drug is currently prescribed to
millions of schoolchildren in the United States to treat a "brain
chemistry condition" that was invented by the drug companies.
6. In the 1930's, drug companies marketed amphetamines as
over-the-counter inhaler medicines for treating nasal congestion.
Tablet amphetamines were also widely available in tablet form and
frequently abused by students, truck drivers and other groups.
7. Meth was originally synthesized by chemists and later refined by
drug companies. During WWII, meth was actually prescribed to soldiers
by the U.S., Germany and Japan. Even Hitler was known as a "meth head"
by his own staff. By the end of the war, millions of military personnel
were addicted to the drug.