From the Sacklers to the Original Opium Wars – Drug Laws – Ep 94

The USA is in the middle of an Opium epidemic. Currently, it’s estimated that over 200,000 people have died from the use of Opioids. In today’s episode Matt and Tony dive into the history of Opium and discuss how it was once an accepted medicine for various run of the mill illnesses. Opium is extremely addicting and is currently is being transformed into Heroin and being cut with Fentanyl. Hundreds of thousands of people are at risk of dying.

 

Highlights:

  • 200k deaths from opioids
  • Perdue Pharma
  • The historical use of opium in tick tacks
  • The British East India Company
  • Using opium for regular ailments
  • Bayer, the godfathers of heroin
  • Opium Dens
  • The Pure Food and Drug Act
  • US Drug Czars

The Takeaway – What once was a centralized problem is now an epidemic.

 

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