The Food and Drug Administration

This blog has not been reviewed by the FDA. This blog is not expected to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. It used to be said that you could walk into any drugstore and buy any drug you wanted without a prescription. Life during the 1800s was harsh by today's standards, and many people around the world regularly used drugs to feel better.

Yes, today it really seems like that. But no, the 1800s were different. Take America. We are going to focus on this |country in this blog. Even when several states within the country were making it difficult to buy alcohol, everything else? To me this is very easy to achieve

Take Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup, a mixture of ammonia, morphine, and alcohol that parents gave their children to calm them down. Here's an ad for it. This soothes the baby. It softens the gums. It removes all pain. It relieves wind pain. It is the best remedy for diarrhea.

Then it's ok. Or how about some Ayers cherry pectoral? A mixture of opium and alcohol, which was popular as a cure for coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis, croup, whooping cough and what we now call tuberculosis.

Yeah, I don't know about that. Then there are the cocaine toothache drops. Just 15 cents for instant treatment! Cocaine was apparently a fairly common local anesthetic for patients who had broken teeth.