Cocaine Toothache Drops

100 Years Ago on this Date – December 17, 1914

President Woodrow Wilson signed the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act into law, making cocaine and opiates illegal for non-medical use.  People who didn’t obtain the drugs through a doctor had to obtain a license and pay a tax.  The licenses were difficult to obtain, so people were arrested for possessing drugs without a license and/or for not paying the tax.

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