Drugs in literature  

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"Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel-piece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture-marks. Finally he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny piston, and sank back into the velvet-lined arm-chair with a long sigh of satisfaction." --The Sign of the Four

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Drugs, both medicinal and recreational, have been mentioned in literature since ancient times.

The first writings dedicated to recreational drug use include Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) and Artificial Paradises (1860) by Charles Baudelaire.

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