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).
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: C1 141 34/8/37-8
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