Baby, It’s Cold War Outside: An Era of Pharma-Ubiquity

  • Pamela Donovan


This chapter examines the end of Prohibition and the rise of a new age of “peace pills.” Drugging fears were relatively quiescent and I consider whether this had to do with newly restored, positive regard for alcohol. Governments become involved in tactical drug experimentation, and mid-century public figures consider the promise and peril of hallucinogens. LSD spiking is considered as a unique concern, as it is a stimulant. The postwar rise in both illicit and prescribed psychoactive drug use shapes these fears. This is the onset of the age of pharma-ubiquity.


Prohibition Anti-saloon Volstead Act Joseph Gusfield Chloral Knockout drops Drink spiking Bathtub gin Methanol Methyl alcohol Wood alcohol Industrial alcohol Cocktail parties Baby, It’s Cold Outside Pharmaceutical marketing Peace pills Meprobamate Miltown Equanil Librium Valium Alprazolam Tranquilizers Tranquilizing drugs Aldous Huxley Psychonaut Andrea Tone Richard Davenport-Hines Timothy Leary LSD Psilocybin Go Ask Alice Ergot Albert Hofmann Sandoz Hallucinogen Psychedelic drug Delysid Truth serum MK-Ultra Psychochemical experiments Operation Third Chance Gaslighting Church Committee Porton Down E. James Lieberman Net widening John Riley Michael Hollingshead Augustus Stanley III (a.k.a. Owsley or Bear) Blotter acid Louis Lunsky Donald Henry Poisoning Strychnine G. Gordon Liddy Psychoweapon Wild in the Streets Controlled Substances Act Acid fascist David Dalton Schizophrenia Chronic psychotic syndrome Blue Star Tattoo Jean-Bruno Renard Rumor in Orléans White slavery Diphenhydramine Benadryl Quaalude Mandrax Methaqualone Lude Mandy Disco biscuit Bill Cosby Ecstacy MDMA Molly GHB Liquid X Love drug 

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  • Pamela Donovan
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  1. 1.BloomsburgUSA

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