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Leather medicine pouch, Berlin, Germany, 1914-1918

This leather pouch contains first aid equipment – bandages and a number of medical treatments. Made by a Berlin-based company, Bach & Riedel, the kit was used by medics in the German Army during the First World War. Drugs in the pouch include tincture of opium – a tincture is an alcoholic solution of a drug. Opium, extracted from poppies, was used to induce sleep and as a painkiller but could be highly addictive.

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Glossary: opium

A drug derived from the opium poppy. It has been used to cause sleep and provide pain relief for many centuries.