History of Heroin in America: In a Minute

Heroin was initially marketed as a cough suppressant.

ByJEFF SCHNEIDER, EMILY QUARTARO and LAUREN PEARLE
March 11, 2016, 9:41 AM

— -- Approximately 29 Americans die from heroin overdoses every day, according to the CDC.

But when heroin was first marketed to the public in 1898 by the Bayer Pharmaceutical Company, it was initially marketed as a cough suppressant.

Watch the video above to learn more facts about the history of heroin in America in a minute:

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