Excerpt from The American Journal of Pharmacy, 1869, Vol. 41
On examining a late purchase of Opium, I noticed, on breaking open one of the' larger pieces, that it was much less tenacious or adhesive than Opium usually is when containing the amount of moisture generally found ... in it.
Although having much more of the fragments of poppy cap sules and leaves mixed with it than a good article should, yet this would not account for the peculiar brittleness: or want of tenacity in the Opium, and it was evident that the drug was adulterated.
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