WATCH: History of Heroin in America

Approximately 29 Americans die from heroin overdoses every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But when heroin was first marketed to the public in 1898 by the Bayer Pharmaceutical Company, it was initially marketed as a cough suppressant.
Watch the video t learn more facts about the history of heroin in America, and tune in to Breaking Point: Heroin in America, a special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 with ABC News World News Tonight anchor David Muir.