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Heroin is in fact a brand name invented by Bayer for diacetylmorphine, and was marketed throughout the Western world as a potent cough suppressant. Though an opiate epidemic was raging in the United States when heroin was introduced, it never really caught on as a prescription medication.
Heroin was developed as a cure for morphine addiction. What its developer, an English chemist, didn’t realize or intend was that heroin is more addictive than morphine. It was marketed by Bayer, which lost the trademark in 1919. Bayer marketed it as a non-addictive alternative to morphine and as a cough suppressant.
Quoting Melina Druga