Colorado Springs Gazette, January 4, 1897. The human hunger for altered states of consciousness is as old as thought itself, and back in 1897 cocaine still represented a cutting-edge designer drug, at least to those who hadn’t read Sigmund Freud’s Cocaine Papers (1884) in translation. There’s an interesting ambivalence at work in this editorial item: It’s equally persuasive as a call for interdiction and a despairing vote for libertarian laissez-faire.