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Drugs in Victorian Britain

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Chapel, Highgate Cemetery

Swains Lane

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N6 6PJ

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A talk by Mike Jay

At the beginning of Victoria’s reign, the only mind-altering drugs widely available in Britain were alcohol and opium. By its end, anyone could walk into a high street chemist and buy cocaine and cannabis in all manner of pills, lozenges and tinctures, or morphine and heroin complete with hypodermic injection kits. How did today’s illicit drugs arrive in Britain, who were the first people to use them, and how did they spread into the culture at large?
Mike Jay curated High Society: mind-altering drugs in history and culture at Wellcome Collection and wrote the accompanying book. He is also the author of Emperors of Dreams: drugs in the nineteenth century. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, Wall Street Journal and Literary Review.

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