Hooked: How Opium, Morphine, and Heroin Became Illegal
This episode of HOOKED: ILLEGAL DRUGS AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY examines the history of the poppy plant and three of its deadliest derivatives, Opium, Morphine, and Heroin. In ancient times, the poppy was considered divine, but in the 19th and 20th centuries, its addicting and lethal qualities caused unprecedented national outrage, social upheaval, and even sparked two wars. Used by the upper classes as patent medicines, heroin became the bane of society when the working class began to use it. In 1914, Federal law banned heroin and opium, and restricted morphine to medicinal use. How these drugs became illegal was not because of a problem but a prejudice.