Drugs: Costs & Consequences Frequently Asked Questions
about the Exhibit

What is the exhibit?

Drugs: Costs & Consequences

What are the exhibit dates and location?

The exhibit will be open September 22, 2017 through June 30, 2018 in Cedar Park, Texas at the Texas Museum of Science & Technology. For information on previous venues, visit the past locations page.

What is this exhibit about?

A historic and contemporary overview of the many costs and consequences of illegal drugs and drug abuse on society and what visitors can do to be part of the solutions.

What is in the exhibit?

Artifacts, photographs, videos, and interactive kiosks that provide a learning environment to explore the global and local issues surrounding the costs and consequences of drugs on society. More than 500 images and over 150 objects help tell the stories that make up this exhibit.

Why this exhibit?

The traveling exhibit began in 2002 under the name Drugs: Costs & Consequences as an opportunity to explore and educate the public about the connections between drug trafficking and terrorism in the months following September 11, 2001. Expanded in 2004, the exhibit provides a place for students, teachers and parents to explore physical displays on these issues and start conversations about what each person can do to address the drug problem. Americans need to know how drugs threaten families, communities, and society as a whole and what they can do to be part of the solution.

What are the goals for this exhibit?

  1. Drug abuse and addiction harms individuals, society and the environment in many ways.
  2. Science knowledge and innovation play important roles in understanding and breaking the cycle of drug abuse and addiction.
  3. Drug prevention, treatment and enforcement are all needed to stop drug abuse and addiction.

How much did it cost?

Drugs: Costs & Consequences was developed over a 3-year period between 2002 and 2004. The total DEA cost of the project is approximately $1.5 million. Funds were provided by the DEA Educational Foundation to support the traveling of the exhibit to communities around the country.

Who helped develop this exhibit?

Drugs: Costs & Consequences is the result of collaboration between a number of federal government agencies including: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), The National Guard, The Office of National Drug Control Policy, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

What is the DEA Museum?

An institution founded by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1999 whose mission is to educate the American public about the history of drugs, drug abuse, and drug law enforcement in the United States.

What is the DEA Educational Foundation?

A 501(c)3 not-for-profit/non-profit foundation launched in 2001 to support the educational work of the DEA Museum through fundraising, advocacy, and outreach. The all-volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of a mix of corporate executives, former government leaders, scientists, and philanthropists who are committed to helping America learn about the history of drug abuse and DEA to reduce future drug use and abuse.

Where else is it scheduled to go?

Exact tour locations and dates are still being finalized.

Where else has the exhibit been?

September 11, 2002 - August 30, 2003
DEA Museum, Arlington, VA

September 11, 2003 - March 23, 2004
Museum of Nature & Science, Dallas, Texas

April 10, 2004 - August 22, 2004
Air and Space Museum, Omaha, NE

Septempber 10, 2004 - March 19, 2005
One Times Square, New York, NY

April 2, 2005 - October 2, 2005
New Detroit Science Center, Detroit, MI

August 11, 2006 - December 3, 2006
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL

December 15, 2006 – December 2009
Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

October 2, 2008 – May 3, 2009
California Science Center, Los Angeles, CA

March 3, 2010 – November 14, 2010
Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA

September 16, 2011 – January 1, 2013
Museum of Science & Industry, Tampa, FL

February 10, 2014 – September 1, 2014
Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD

September 1, 2014 – November 1, 2015
Discovery Station, Hagerstown, MD

Januaury 12, 2016 – September 3, 2016
750 Miller Drive, Leesburg, VA

September 29, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Museum of Discovery & Science, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

February 4, 2017 – September 3, 2017
Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, Mobile, AL

Why a traveling exhibit?

Not all Americans come to visit Washington, D.C. and not all visitors to Washington are able to come to the DEA Museum. Traveling this exhibit around the country will allow more people to explore the exhibit and its many opportunities for learning.

How can I find out more?

By visiting: www.drugexhibit.org
By contacting the DEA Museum: (202) 307-3463.

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