The Truth about Pharmaceutical Companies and Over the Counter Drugs
(-NOT- from the "All Good Children Deserve Drugs Dept")
Most consumers think that street drugs are in an entirely different
class than prescription drugs and they believe that pharmaceutical
companies would never manufacture or sell street drugs. But guess what?
As you'll read here, drug companies actually invented many of the
street drugs now considered to be the most devastating, including
heroin and meth ("ice").
Here are seven facts <The Truth> you probably never knew about
the connection between street drugs and pharmaceutical companies:
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
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.
Today, meth ("crank") is made from ingredients found in
over-the-counter cold medicines. While a meth epidemic sweeps America,
destroying entire communities and even threatening some states (Hawaii
in particular), drug companies insist their cold medicines should
remain over the counter and not be classified as controlled substances.
There is currently no legislative effort whatsoever to ban
over-the-counter cold medicines containing the chemicals used to create
Also related: Coca-Cola really did contain cocaine during its first few
decades on the market (it also contained kola nut extract, hence the
name). Cocaine was later removed from the formula and replaced with
caffeine, a substance that is similarly addictive and serves much the
Once you realize the connection between street drugs and prescription
drugs, it's easy to figure out why Big Pharma is such a strong
supporter of the Partnership For A Drug-Free America - because they
don't want consumers getting their drugs from street dealers, they want
people buying their drugs from drug companies! Drug companies' attempts
to outlaw street drugs are little more than a way of eliminating the
competition and monopolizing the drug market.
Ultimately, Big Pharma is just another drug pushing cartel that has the
same goals as any drug dealer: Convince customers they need your drug,
get them hooked on it and eliminate the competition. The only
difference is that Big Pharma has been so successful at dealing drugs
that it has enough funds to buy off Congress, the Food and Drug
Administration and practically the entire psychiatric industry (not to
mention medical schools and mainstream media outlets).
Today, more than 40 percent of the U.S. population ingests FDA-approved
synthetic chemicals manufactured and marketed by drug companies.
Drug companies think this number is too low. Their goal is to have 100
percent of the U.S. population taking not just one drug per day, but
multiple drugs every day, for life.