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PBS NewsHour | The Cocaine Wine Guzzled by the Pope | PBS

Duration: 01:45
Program: PBS NewsHour #10177
Broadcast Date: Sep. 7, 2011

Pope Leo XIII awarded the Mariani Company a special Vatican gold medal for its creation of a cocaine-infused Bordeaux wine. He then proceeded to carry a flask of the concoction around with him at all times. The anecdote is one of many explored in Dr. Howard Markel's new book, "An Anatomy of Addiction."

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Post Date: October 17, 2011