History of Opiates

2018-06-12T19:09:13+00:00

History of Opiates Read the history of opiates, and you’ll read the history of America. The use of opiates dates back to the arrival of the Mayflower in 1620, when physician Samuel Fuller brought an early form of laundanum, a tincture derived of opium and alcohol, and used it as a painkiller for those suffering from smallpox, dysentery, and cholera. From that point onward, opiates were used to treat pain. By the mid-1800s, you could find opiates in everything. It was in teething powders which were given to children, and it was an analgesic used for menstrual cramps. Of course, at [...]