The secret history of Big Pharma's role in creating and marketing heroin,
LSD, meth, Ecstasy and speed
Tuesday, April 03, 2007 by: Mike Adams
Most consumers think that street drugs are in an entirely different class
than prescription drugs, and they believe that pharmaceutical companies
would never manufacture or sell street drugs. But guess what?
As you'll read here, drug companies actually invented many of the street
drugs now considered to be the most devastating, including heroin and meth
Here are seven facts you probably never knew about the connection between
street drugs and pharmaceutical companies:
1. Heroin was launched as a medicine by Felix Hoffman, an employee of Bayer,
only a few days after he invented aspirin. Bayer immediately applied for a
trademark on the term "heroin," then began marketing the drug as a cure for
morphine addiction. It was also marketed as cough syrup for children.
2. Parke-Davis, a subsidiary of Pfizer, promoted and sold cocaine. It even
produced a "cocaine injection kit" complete with a syringe for shooting up.
Skeptical? You can view the picture yourself by clicking
3. A subsidiary of Novartis, Sandoz Laboratories, introduced the world to
LSD in 1938, marketing it as a psychiatric drug named Delysid. This same
drug company also created saccharin, the artificial chemical sweetener.
4. Drug giant Merck pioneered the commercial manufacture of morphine from
opium and was a heavy pusher and marketer of cocaine. Merck also patented
MDMA (Ecstasy, the rave drug). After World War II, Merck also began
producing pesticides and food preservatives.
5. Ritalin is "speed" for children. A chemical amphetamine, Ritalin is made
of controlled substances that would land you in prison if you sold them to a
kid on the street, yet the drug is currently prescribed to millions of
schoolchildren in the United States to treat a "brain chemistry condition"
that was invented by the drug companies.
6. In the 1930's, drug companies marketed amphetamines as over-the-counter
inhaler medicines for treating nasal congestion.
Tablet amphetamines were also widely available in tablet form and frequently
abused by students, truck drivers and other groups.
7. Meth was originally synthesized by chemists and later refined by drug
companies. During WWII, "meth" was actually prescribed to soldiers by the
U.S., Germany and Japan. Even Hitler was known as a "meth head" by his own
staff. By the end of the war, millions of military personnel were addicted
to the drug.
Today, meth ("crank") is made from ingredients found in over-the-counter
cold medicines. While a meth epidemic sweeps America, destroying entire
communities and even threatening some states (Hawaii in particular), drug
companies insist their cold medicines should remain over the counter and not
be classified as controlled substances. There is currently no legislative
effort whatsoever to ban over-the-counter cold medicines containing the
chemicals used to create meth.
Also related: Coca-Cola really did contain cocaine during its first few
decades on the market (it also contained kola nut extract, hence the name).
Cocaine was later removed from the formula and replaced with caffeine, a
substance that is similarly addictive and serves much the same purpose.
Once you realize the connection between street drugs and prescription drugs,
it's easy to figure out why Big Pharma is such a strong supporter of the
Partnership For A Drug-Free America -- because they don't want consumers
getting their drugs from street dealers, they want people buying their drugs
from drug companies! Drug companies' attempts to outlaw street drugs are
little more than a way of eliminating the competition and monopolizing the
Ultimately, Big Pharma is just another drug pushing cartel that has the same
goals as any drug dealer: Convince customers they need your drug, get them
hooked on it, and eliminate the competition.
The only difference is that Big Pharma has been so successful at dealing
drugs that it has enough funds to buy off Congress, the Food and Drug
Administration and practically the entire psychiatric industry (not to
mention medical schools and mainstream media outlets).
Today, more than 40 percent of the U.S. population ingests FDA-approved
synthetic chemicals manufactured and marketed by drug companies.
Drug companies think this number is too low. Their goal is to have 100
percent of the U.S. population taking not just one drug per day, but
multiple drugs every day, for life.