The Value of Poison. The understanding of opium among Swedish pharmacists, 1870-1925.
Before the regulation of opium as a ”“narcotic” in Sweden in 1923, opium was not regulated for its intoxicating properties
and was freely available. But not in any kind of shop. Opium was legally available only through the pharmacies. This thesis
explores how this free availability of a narcotic was understood by its traders, the pharmacists.