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‘Cocaine Toothache Drops’ and 12 Other Shocking Vintage Children’s Medicine Ads

By Meredith Carroll |

Cocaine drops

For the tooth now, for the nose later?

Will morphine cure a child’s common cough and cold? Well, yes, probably, but it’s not something you’d ever give them (unless you were looking for an out-of-the-box way to grab the attention of Child Protective Services, that is).

Morphine, meth, weed, cocaine and heroin are just a few of the medications used back in the day to cure things like sore throats and tooth aches. Yowza!

Once you’ve picked your jaw up from off the floor, take a look how children of yore were cured of what ailed them (and even what didn’t ail them):

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Cocaine, Meth, Heroin: For Your Child's Health?

Asthma Cigarettes

"Not recommended for children under 6."
Because that would be unhealthy.

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About Meredith Carroll


Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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One thought on “‘Cocaine Toothache Drops’ and 12 Other Shocking Vintage Children’s Medicine Ads

  1. Emily says:

    I like the fact that Cosadeine was available in gallons as well. Drink up!

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