Drugs: Costs and Consequences
Opening February 3, 2017
Field Trips, School Groups, Civic Groups, Church Groups, and others are encouraged to book ASAP as spots are filling up fast. To do so, please call Monica Dunklin at 251-208-6880 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Official Press Release (Local): Drugs: Costs & Consequences Local Press Release
Official Press Release (National/DEA): DEA Traveling Exhibit Opens In Mobile, Alabama
For a in-depth look into the exhibit, background, development and more, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KQxWS2RInc
Most Americans are unaware of the tremendous costs associated with the production, sale and use of illegal drugs. The costs to society—estimated at more than $200 billion a year—are borne by all of us in some way. Despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans are not drug users, we pay for users’ loss productivity, their health care, criminal justice costs, child welfare costs, and the impact their drug use has on their own health and safety. This exhibit is designed to open eyes to the science behind illegal drug addiction and the myriad costs of illegal drugs—to individuals, American society and the world—and to provide food for thought on how each and every one of us can make a difference.
Drugs: Costs and Consequences is an exhibit from the Drug Enforcement Administration Museum that began a national tour in 2002. With newly expanded content and a section specific to Alabama, the exhibit presents both a global and historical overview of the many costs and consequences of drugs on society.
Drugs: Costs and Consequences begins with an introductory area, then explores the opium and heroin connections in Afghanistan and looks at the global impact of drugs. The exhibit moves to an in-depth look at drug production and trafficking and then presents an overview of the science of addiction and some of the tragic costs and consequences of drugs on society—costs to the environment, costs to the body and brain, costs to communities, costs to health, and costs to children.
About the Exhibit
The exhibit highlights the nation’s current battle with the recent emergence of heroin use mixed with fentanyl, the epidemic in the use of designer synthetic drugs, and prescription drug abuse. Visitors will learn about the costs and consequences these drugs pose to so many families and communities in the state of Alabama and across the nation. There is a section that looks at prevention, treatment, and law enforcement issues and the current neuroscience research aimed at understanding and breaking the cycle of drug abuse and addiction. Visitors will be able to explore many interactive kiosks and stop by the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center for take home educational literature and other resources.
Drugs: Costs and Consequences was developed in partnership with: The DEA Educational Foundation, The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, The Office of National Drug Control Policy, and The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Drugs: Costs and Consequences will be presented exclusively in Mobile, Alabama at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center from January 2017 through August 2017. For more information on the Gulf Coast Science Center’s hours of operations, please contact them at (251) 208-6893.