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date: 02 July 2020

Drugs, Psychoactive 

Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History
David T. CourtwrightDavid T. COURTWRIGHT

Trade in drugs began to flourish in the late 1400s, when European coastal cities played a major role in determining whether a drug would become a global commodity. Drugs were ideal money makers, some with addictive effects that ensured constant demand. Taxes placed on such drugs often funded a nation’s politics, and revulsion to this eventually led to nineteenth-century prohibitions and regulations. ...

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