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Permit to import drugs

Permit to import drugs

In 1919 New Zealand followed international convention by requiring a permit to import opium, morphine, heroin and cocaine. The permit was issued to pharmacists for use in medical remedies. This permit was issued in 1921 to a Whāngārei chemist. It is interesting that heroin was so little known at the time that the official form spelled the drug as if it were a female hero (heroine).

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: C1 141 34/8/37-8

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Jock Phillips, 'Drugs - Restricting drugs, 1866 to 1965', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/39563/permit-to-import-drugs (accessed 23 January 2020)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013