Factoid

Bayer once marketed heroin as a wonder drug for cough and for relieving pain. Heroin was synthesised at the Bayer Lab in Germany when a scientist named Felix Hoffman was trying to produce codeine. They named it heroin as a derivative for the German word heroisch (meaning heroic) after the way workers felt after being tested with the product. Prior to successful trials, it was marketed to the world as cough syrup and painkiller. Ironically, heroin was even touted as non-addictive. It became a worldwide hit and was sold in all forms from syrup to tablets. In a few years’ time, however, heroin created a set of addicts and finally in 1913, Bayer discontinued selling the product.

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