Dispensing pot for laudanum, Italy, 1771-1830
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Glossary: dispensing pot
pot used to contain ointments, medications, perfumes
A drug derived from the opium poppy. It has been used to cause sleep and provide pain relief for many centuries.
The preparation and medicinal dispensing of drugs.
Glossary: controlled drug
Substances that are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (UK). These drugs are classified according to the amount of harm they cause when misused.
A herbal preparation of opium. It is made by mixing ethanol with opium. In the 1800s, laudanum was prescribed by many doctors to reduce pain and aid sleep.