An advertisement from 1885 with pictures of children offering an instantaneous cure for toothache or dental pain by using cocaine.
Cocaine extracted from the coca leaf was once used a local anesthetic. Cocaine was sold in the form of tonics, drops and other concoctions as an over the counter medicine in the 1800s and continued to be sold until the early 20th century. Dentists saw its potential and used it for painless extractions. Rubbing cocaine on the gums was a popular remedy for swollen and painful gums. It was very addictive and had several withdrawal effects. It was finally banned in the USA in 1920 under the dangerous drugs act.
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