The deadliest drug problem in America is not heroin or cocaine or even crack cocaine. It is the abuse of perfectly legal prescription pain medications — familiar names such as Vicodin and Lortab and generic hydrocodone.
Therefore, having read that shocker of an opening statement, which certainly does not make it true; moreover, such a claim lacks any basis to the real problem.
We believe that the problem – or so referred to, is actually “What causes the addictive personality in America or in other areas around the globe?”
Starting with chocolate and moving through coffee (yep, tea is included) the list of what people get addicted to for whatever reasons are frequently connected with substance abuse; however, people with addictive personalities are also highly at risk of becoming addicted to gambling, food, pornography, exercise, work, and codependency. Scientists have been better able to understand addictive personalities as researchers delve further into understanding the chemistry of addiction.
Lately as in 1906 and 1972, as well as other times in the history of the U.S.A., manufacturers have been cited, fined, and penalized for having controlled addictive properties “naturally” in their products. On March 13, 1911,
the government initiated the case under the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act. It tried to force The Coca-Cola Company to remove caffeine from the Coca-Cola formula, believing that the product was adulterated and misbranded.
The product(s) that we are most familiar with is of course Coca-Cola. There has always been trace amounts of cocaine hydrochloride within the beverage or just about anything made from it. These two dates in particular resonate in my mind first, it was explained to me by a Coca-Cola touring associate whilst in Atlanta, Georgia and in the second instance, is when I started working at Shasta Beverages who also produces a Cola drink very similar to that of Coca-Cola; however, not nearly as good. One must understand that there is only one Coca-Cola Company.
Ironically while visiting the Coke store for memorabilia and gifts it was a bit surprising to find original cocktail trays stating in clear and decorative script “The drink that cures all ails and anything else that hinders you…” We did marvel over how the beverage was marketed with advertising and slogans that “Keeps you from fatigue,” and “Great for Stomach Disorders.”
Originally intended as a patent medicine when it was invented in the late 19th century by John Pemberton, Coca-Cola was bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler, whose marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.