One of my favorite blogs, Hell’s Acres, covers the underside of my old stomping grounds. In this post, the anonymous author digs up some interesting stats on our government’s first war on drugs when the drug was alcohol.
The government “spiking” of industrial alcohol ultimately led to the deaths of more than 10,000 people before the repeal of the 18th amendment. The New York death toll in 1926: around 400. The following year: approximately 700.