About a hundred years ago, drugs in the United States weren't usually regulated. Over-the-counter pills, such as aspirin and cold remedies, contained heroin and cocaine, with the responsibility for safety placed on the consumer's shoulders. If you weren't careful, the medicine you took to cure you could also kill you. In 1914, however, the Harrison Tax Act, limited the sale of heroin and went on to restrict cocaine sales, too.
In a little over two decades, Federal health regulations were overseen by the Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act of 1938; … [Read the rest]