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Authors: Davison, Alvin, 1868-1915
Publisher: New York : American Book Company
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cocaine. Cocaine is made from the leaves ofthe coca plant. The numerous advertisements in thepapers stating that medicines will be sent at slight cost tocure the morphine, cocaine, or alcohol habit are issued byfraudulent persons seeking to rob unfortunate people. Laudanum is a mixture of opium, alcohol, and water,and is therefore a dangerous drug. Paregoric is a com-pound of opium, alcohol, camphor, and some other drugs. Patent Medicines. — Most of the liquid patent medicinesare stimulants or narcotics. Some have both properties.The narcotic contained in many of them is alcohol, 72 NARCOTICS AND STIMULANTS Nearly all contain more alcohol than beer, and many arericher in alcohol than the strong wines. A few havenearly as much alcohol as whisky has. It is just as dan-gerous and just as wrong to use these patent medicines asit is to use wine, whisky, or beer. The help which thesenostrums seem to afford the sick is generally due to thealcohol which makes one feel good for a time. Late
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Fig. 43. — Diagrams showing the amount of alcohol in alcoholic drinks and oneof the most widely used patent medicines which has wrecked many lives. investigations have shown that patent medicines havewrecked many lives and caused numerous untimelydeaths. Soothing sirups for children contain some kind ofopiates which may ruin the constitution of a child. Mostof the advertised remedies for coughs owe their soothingqualities to morphine or opium. Nearly all catarrh pow-ders give temporary relief only because they contain opiumor cocaine. Every one should remember that the constit-uents of the patent medicines claiming to cure all diseaseare known to our trustworthy physicians. If these reme- COFFEE 73 dies helped the sick without injuring the health, theywould of course be used by the reputable doctors. Someof our best newspapers and magazines, having latelylearned of the worthlessness and evil effects of patentmedicines, have refused to advertise them. Tea. — Tea consists of the dri
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