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1874   Heroin is first synthesized from Morphine by chemist C.R. Alder Wright at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Its potential was not recognized.   
1897   Heroin is synthesized by Felix Hoffman at Bayer Pharmaceutical. Bayer immediately recognized its potential and began marketing it heavily for the treatment of a variety of respiratory ailments.   
1898   One year after beginning sales, Bayer exports heroin to 23 countries.


1924   The Heroin Act passes, making manufacture and possession of heroin illegal in the U.S.

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