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Empty bottle for Opium tincture tablets

Opium tincture or laudanum was a drug used as a pain killer and to induce sleep or drowsiness. A tincture is an alcoholic solution that was taken orally. Laudanum contained opium and morphine, both of which are from the opium poppy and are highly addictive. The drug was made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co, one of the first large pharmaceutical manufacturers in Britain.

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Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations

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