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laudaWashington Post, March 31, 1904. Laudanum was a tincture of opium in an alcohol base, and it was available without prescription. Lots of respectable teetotaling ladies were addicted to patent medicines and nerve tonics containing narcotics and/or cocaine at this time. Another fun fact: opium poppies used to be a significant American cash crop, especially in the South. People have the idea that dope can only be grown in faraway foreign climes, but the poppy is a resilient and vigorous plant that will grow just about anywhere. Also, some poppies have a higher content of opium alkaloids than others, but no poppies have none.
Injections of carbolic acid, aka phenol, were used by the Nazis for small-scale exterminations, when the numbers didn’t justify firing up the gas chambers.

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