'THE GREATEST DRUG FIENDS IN THE WORLD'

AMERICA'S FIRST OPIUM COMMISSIONER HAMILTON WRIGHT IS AT LEFT.

SO IN 1908, TEDDY ROOSEVELT APPOINTED A HANDSOME OHIO DOCTOR WITH A HANDLEBAR MUSTACHE, HAMILTON WRIGHT, TO BE THE NATION'S FIRST OPIUM COMMISSIONER.

America's first Opium Commissioner Hamilton Wright is at left.
For decades, opium, morphine and other narcotics had been the active ingredients in an array of unregulated tinctures and cure-alls sold by neighborhood apothecaries, itinerant peddlers or doctors making house calls.
The U.S. delegation to the International Opium Conference at The Hague.

In this illustration for a McClure’s magazine story, a woman, left, displays her needle marks. “Genteel ladies” with easy access to doctors and drugs made up the majority of late 19th-century addicts. (DEA Museum)...

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