Morphine and alcohol. It doesn't cure anything but you no longer care. Papine Label & Vintage Bottle – Battle & Company, St Louis, MO

Morphine and alcohol. It doesn't cure anything but you no longer care. Papine Label & Vintage Bottle – Battle & Company, St Louis, MO

By the 1820s morphine was a popular anodyne, or soother. Morphine was also, however, a prime method of Victorian suicide. Morphine was six times as potent as opium. It was commercially available, and many upper and middle class patients purchased morphine from doctors and injected themselves daily with newly developed needles. This 'morphinism' was unbounded by legal or social guidelines, and many morphine addicts were unaware of their addiction.

By the 1820s morphine was a popular anodyne, or soother. Morphine was also, however, a prime method of Victorian suicide. Morphine was six times as potent as opium. It was commercially available, and many upper and middle class patients purchased morphine from doctors and injected themselves daily with newly developed needles. This 'morphinism' was unbounded by legal or social guidelines, and many morphine addicts were unaware of their addiction.

This bottle contains Dover's Powder, a mix of opium and ipecac that was used to relieve pain and induce sweating

This bottle contains Dover's Powder, a mix of opium and ipecac that was used to relieve pain and induce sweating

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