The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914 is widely viewed in the scholarly literature as the beginning of the U.S.
These three lines of intervention coalesced with the passage of the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act of 1914, which aimed to fix, once and for all, the unintended consequences of the aforementioned interventions.
(12) However, in passing the Opium Exclusion Act in 1909 and in preparation for the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act in 1914, policy makers were under pressure from other commission nations to implement laws similar to theirs.
The Harrison Narcotics Tax Act and Its Lingering Consequences
What started as medicinal and curative for centuries became addictive, with the opium smokers and heroin sniffers leading--in the United States--to the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act
of 1914, which essentially criminalized addiction.