Drug Ads Through the Ages

Here we have a collection of drug ads chronicling America’s long-standing love/hate relationship with psychoactives, along with some less-than-honest (and at times, downright creepy) advertising by the pharmaceutical, tobacco and alcohol industries.  Some of the drugs seen here are obsolete; others are still in use today.  Here’s to the world’s most successful drug dealers, who single-handedly introduced the nation to the likes of amphetamines, heroin and LSD.  Cheers.


Appetrol (dextroamphetamine)

Quaalude (methaqualone)


Desoxyn (methamphetamine)

Dexamyl (dextroamphetamine/amobarbital)

Camel Cigarettes (tobacco)

Delysid (LSD-25)

Thorazine (chlorpromazine)

Marinol (dronabinol)


Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine)

Budweiser Beer (ethyl alcohol)

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