Books interview with Lucy Inglis: “Opium has held mankind’s hand since the beginning”

Lucy Inglis speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about her new book, which documents humanity's long and tangled relationship with oblivion-offering opiates

A New York opium den. Although US legislators cracked down on opiates in the early 20th century, organised crime networks continued to fuel the illegal trade in narcotics. (Photo by Getty Images)

This article was first published in the September 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

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