On this day in 1921, the Athens Banner ran this small story about a discovery on Clayton Street downtown:
Federal alcohol prohibition had been in effect since 1920, but in Georgia had been in effect since 1908. Even after the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was repealed in December, 1933, Georgia did not allow the sale of alcohol until 1935, with some counties choosing to remain "dry" even today.
One of the possible additions to the "drink," paregoric, was a common household medication that included opium. By 1921, the ingredients of medicines had to be disclosed to consumers, but it was still available over-the-counter, primarily as a treatment for diarrhea. The drug was used into the 1970s, and is still available as a prescription.
- Athens Banner, Jun. 1921 - Oct. 1921 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage in the general collection.
- Alcohol: The World's Favorite Drug by Griffith Edwards in the general collection.
- Alcohol: Customs and Rituals by Thomas Babor in the general collection.
- Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent in the general collection.
- Battling Demon Rum: The Struggle for a Dry America, 1800-1933 by Thomas R. Pegram in the general collection.
- Prohibition: Thirteen Years that Changed America by Edward Behr in the general collection.
- Farewell, John Barleycorn: Prohibition in the United States by Martin Hintz in the general collection.
- Prohibition by Renee C. Rebman in the general collection.
- Drugs in America: A Social History, 1800-1980 by H. Wayne Morgan in the general collection.
- Drugs Through the Ages by Jean McBee Knox in the general collection.
- History of the Temperance Movement in Georgia from the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
- Paregoric warning on U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Patient Safety News website.
- Paregoric on the National Center for Biotechnology Information's PubMed Health website.