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Influence of drugs on art and culture exhibition opens

9 November 2010 Last updated at 23:17 GMT

From poetry to pop music, a question that has been asked down the ages is whether mind-altering drugs can ever enhance an artist's performance.

It is a subject that has been explored in a new exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London which looks at the history and influence of drugs on art and culture.

Will Gompertz reports.