• Jimmy Lee

    morphine, cannabis, heroin, powdered opium in one syrup to soothe children. Yep, that'd probably do it. Removed from the market in 1938 after 89 years of service. Damn it...it'll still work now with no real side effects

  • Renata Bursten

    Soothing Syrup: Want to know what was in this amazing syrup? Well, one grain (65 mg) of morphine per fluid ounce, cannabis, heroin, powdered opium which are the active ingredients to put your little one to sleep. It also had sodium carbonate, spirits foeniculi, and aqua ammonia in it, because....why not? Removed from the market in 1938 after 89 years of service!

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