The History of Cocaine

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In History
  • 3,000 BCE

    Where it Began

    Indigenous people in the Amazon Rainforest and Andes Mountains chewed on coca leaves to stimulate their brains.
  • Discovered

    Albert Niemann (German chemist) discovered cocaine by extracting it from coca leaves.
  • The First Effects of Cocaine

    a chemist from the French island of Corsica starting selling a tonic that would restore vitality and calm nerves
  • Popularized

    Cocaine began to appear in the medical community
  • Addicts

    There were over 200,000 cocaine addicts reported.
  • Snorting Cocaine

    Cocaine was being used as a drug to sniff, causing many to be in the hospital.
  • The Harrison Narcotics Act

    This was the first federal law to enforce the target of cocaine, morphine, and heroin.
  • Banned

    The government saw many deaths because of cocaine and banned it.
  • Fashionable New Drug

    Cocaine was used as a drug to "wake you up" or to "lift you up". Mostly the rich would use this drug.
  • The King of Cocaine

    The King of Cocaine
    Pablo Escobar had the largest drug cartel, importing 400-500 tons of cocaine from Colombia.
  • Glorification

    Movies like "Scarface" and songs like "Coacine" by Eric Clapton exploited cocaine to many people, making it popular.
  • Crack

    Cocaine cooked with water was being introduced as a less pricey drug, but had long-term socioeconomic effects. Crack became very popular in places like, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Houston, and Atlanta.
  • Largest Drug

    Became the second most trafficked illegal drug.
  • Overdoses

    Cocaine had become the most used drug in the world to overdose on.
  • Cocaine in America Currently

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 6 million people died from cocaine and over 900,000 had used crack at the same time.
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    John Pemberton added coca leaves inside his drink
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    Coca Leaves

    Importing coca leaves tripled its amount.