ampoules; controlled drug; cocaine
1 carton of ampoules (unknown quantity, possibly 10) containing cocaine hydrochloride. Wrapped in paper and sealed with a wax seal of the distributor. Inscribed with the contents and have a stamp bearing the legend 'Woolwich Army Medical Store 5th 1921' and possibly '7 Field Medical Base(?) also sepearate label reading. Possibly a broken ampoule due to staining around box. 'Cocaine is the oldest local anaesthetic but because of systemic toxic effects and the danger of causing addiction its is now almost entirely restricted to opthalmic surgery and surgery of the ear nose and throat' (Martindale, 25th ed 1967).