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A laudanum and opium user

A laudanum and opium user

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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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Star, 25 July 1890, p. 3

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Jock Phillips, 'Drugs - Colonial drug-taking', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013