Monday, January 27, 2003

I for one know that my grandpa loved his smack

Anti-drug legislation is, not surprisingly, in constant evolution throughout the western world. For instance, when morphine, cocaine and heroin were first discovered by our forebears, they were thought to cure all that ailed ya -- and how! Sadly, with the advent of the twentieth century, and with addiction become more of a problem, well, products like Coca-Cola and Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup were replaced by street corner pushers. Not much has changed, in some respects. For a fun, fact-filled ride through the drug-addled history of consumerism, the University of Buffalo's Addiction Research Unit has provided us with Before Prohibition: Images from the preprohibition era when many psychotropic substances were legally available in America and Europe.