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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Drug

The Sarpa salpa, a fish that causes hallucinations when its head is consumed, was used by the Ancient Romans as a recreational drug.

In English, the noun "drug" is thought to originate from Old French "drogue", possibly deriving later into "droge-vate" from Middle Dutch meaning "dry barrels", referring to medicinal plants preserved in them.

In 1935 Gerhard Domagk, a German chemist, discovered the sulphonamide drug, Sulphanilamide was the first drug to be used for the prevention and cure of bacterial infections. Originally Domagk demonstrated the antibacterial effects of the sulphonamide Prontosil in mice with streptococcal bacteria infections. Later he treated his own daughter with it, saving the amputation of one of her arms.

The first thing ever sold on the internet was illegal drugs. In the early 1970s Stanford students used Arpanet accounts at Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to engage in a commercial transaction with their counterparts at Massachussetts Institute of Technology. The students used the network to quietly arrange the sale of some marijuana.

The Mexican Drug Cartels made a combined estimate of $29 billion dollars in 2010 about the same as Google.

In the US Alaska has the lowest percentage of people who use drugs to relax ((13%). West Virginia has the highest percentage (28%),

Americans spent $329.2 billion last year on pharmaceutical drugs—that works out to $1,000 per American.

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