We all have come across news where we get to hear that certain medicines have been banned due to their compositions that may pose a dangerous threat to human life. One such incident happened with a children’s cough syrup which included morphine and put the children to sleep immediately after consumption.
In 1849, Mrs. Charlotte N. Winslow launched her Soothing Syrup in Maine, The cocktail, which combined ingredients such as sodium carbonate and aqua ammonia, may have been relatively harmless, except for one point, it contained 65mg of morphine per fluid ounce. The syrup was advertised as providing relief for children who were teething, and one mother wrote to The New York Times claiming its effect on her son was “like magic and he soon went to sleep, and all pain and nervousness disappeared.”
Unfortunately, children were at the risk of being put to sleep permanently as a result of morphine overdose. The American Medical Association denounced the syrup as a “baby killer” in 1911, although it remained selling in the UK’s market until 1930.