In the late 19th century laudanum, which was opium suspended in alcohol, was more commonly used as a medical pick-me-up by middle-class women than by any other social group. Occasionally, as in this case from Auckland in July 1890, such women became addicted to the drug with unfortunate consequences.
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Reference: Star, 25 July 1890, p. 3
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