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The drug policy of the Third Reich describes Nazi government policies relating to the use of legal and illegal drugs from 1933 to 1945.
Use of most drugs among non-persecuted groups was considered legal as long as individuals had a medical prescription. Drug addiction was seen as a curable disease. Many of the drug addicts in the 1930s were medical personnel or veterans of the First World War like Herman Goering.
Even though Adolf Hitler's Nazi party rules stressed the importance of keeping fit by abstaining from drink and tobacco to keep the Aryan race strong and pure, his soldiers were taking chemicals to fight longer, harder and more recklessly. The German army distributed many millions of pills made from methamphetamine and a primarily cocaine-based stimulant to its front-line fighters, who were ordered to take them during battles. Medical authorities say the downside of the plan was that many soldiers became addicted to drugs and were of no use in any theatre of war. The frequent distribution of the pills contributed to the creation of many new drug addicts, also at the home front.
The liberal official drug law in the Third Reich was inherited from the Weimar Republic (1919–33).