The Role of Chemistry in History

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April 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment ·

Introduction, Chemistry, How It Works, Physiological Effects, Health Risk, Crack Epidemic, Crack on Black Crime, Crack Killed the 80s and 90s, History, Crack in America, References


  • Natives of the Andes Mountains
    • used plants containing cocaine’s active ingredient for medicinal and recreational purposes for more than 15 Centuries. Incas chewed leaves from the erythroxylon plant to stimulate their productivity and mood.
  • Albert Niemann
  • First to process cocaine hydrochloride in 1859
  • William Halstead First Physician to use cocaine as an anesthetic
  • Coca-Cola contained cocaine until 1903 when it was replaced with caffeine.
  • In 1910 President William Taft declared that cocaine was a national threat.
  • Crack cocaine was first developed during the cocaine boom of the 1970’s and became extremely popular during the 1980’s.
  • Mid 1980’s began the start of the “Crack Epidemic”.

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