The current story arc started with this strip: Addicted.
In 1897, the two chemists Felix Hoffmann and Arthur Eichengrün, who were working for the Aktiengesellschaft Farbenfabriken (today: Bayer AG), synthesized pure acetylsalicylic acid (aka Aspirin). Around two weeks later, Felix Hoffmann re-invented the synthesis of diacetylmorphine (aka heroin). After some drug trials, the company started a big advertising campaign for heroin as a “non addictive” cough suppressant. Aspirin, on the other hand, was initially thought to be too dangerous and only brought to market a few years later.
- Principal: No, we can’t make an exception to our Zero Tolerance drug policy for insulin. That’s why it’s called a Zero Tolerance policy.
- Larisa: But…
- Principal: No “Buts”! The war on drugs requires resolute action against the use of any drug. That’s why we must ensure that no student sets a bad example for the others.
- Principal: If we allowed one of our students to inject insulin, it would be just a matter of weeks until others would start to experiment with…
- Principal: ASPIRIN!