PBS NewsHour

The Cocaine Wine Guzzled by the Pope

Clip: 09/07/2011 | 1m 45s

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."

Aired: 09/07/11

Rating: NR

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