The issues surrounding drugs are one of those topics that pretty much everyone has an opinion about. From a very young age we learn from anti-drug programs at school that drugs are bad and we should never consider taking them. Even if our ideas about some drugs change over time, the anti drug outlook that we are taught when we were young, most likely still has some kind of effect over us when we grow up. However, most drugs were not always thought of as being harmful and life ruining. Some of the drugs that we consider to be the most dangerous to our mental and physical health today, were actually once thought to be beneficial. Below is a list of ten drugs that although they are illegal today, were once perfectly legal in the eyes of the law. All of these drugs were once thought to have positive side effects before the government decided that the negative effects that the drug produces might outweigh the positive. So to give you a glimpse into a world where drugs that we consider hazardous today are legal, below is a list of ten illegal drugs you will not believe used to be legal.
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Heroin was first developed in the 1890s by Fredrick Bayer (who also gave us aspirin). The drug was originally marketed as a cough medicine. In its early days, heroin was praised for its medical benefits and began to be widely proscribed. In the beginning, the drug didn't seem to have any negative side effects until physicians began realizing just how addicted their patients were becoming to the drug. However, this discovery didn't result in the quick ban of heroin. In fact, physicians were very hesitant to ban a drug that they believed to have mostly positive side effects. It wasn't until 1924 that the US congress forced a ban on all manufacture of heroin in the US.
Sources: express.co.uk, drugfreeworld.org, toptenz.net
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