An anniversary of sorts: one hundred years ago, heroin was first marketed by the Bayer Pharmaceutical company as a cough suppressant. Scott speaks with David Courtwight, narcotics historian at the University of North Florida, about the drug''s evolution.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from