Feb 3, 2017 - Sep 3, 2017
Drugs: Costs and Consequences, the national touring exhibit developed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the DEA Educational Foundation, opens on February 3, 2017, at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile, Alabama. In this interactive exploration of the effects of drugs on both individuals and society, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the history and the current science behind drug law enforcement, drug prevention, drug addiction, and drug treatment specific to Alabama’s local communities, as well as the U.S. “The Exploreum is proud to bring this exhibition to the Gulf Coast community. It is our hope that every family, school, and community organization will take the time to visit and learn from this exhibition, which could be a truly life-changing experience. This exhibit is first and foremost about science, but also closely ties in family and community elements. It is our role to be a partner in education and a strong leader in the civic life of our region and this exhibit perfectly reflects that. We thank the DEA Educational Foundation, our Honorary Chairs, and all of our sponsors for their work to ensure that this exhibit comes to Mobile and reaches as many lives as possible,” says Exploreum Science Center Executive Director, Jan McKay. Experienced by more than 22 million visitors in 13 cities across the country, Drugs: Costs and Consequences explains the science behind illegal drug addiction, and the countless costs and consequences of illegal drugs to individuals, American society, and the world. Visitors will learn what drug abuse education and treatment are doing to break the troubling cycle of drugs and drug-related violence. The science of drugs on the brain and body is explained. They will view both an actual South American jungle coca processing lab and a re-created Afghan heroin factory. They will also analyze brain-scans in a simulated MRI machine and view real wreckage from a drug-related car accident. A portion of the exhibit will focus specifically on the Gulf Coast Region, exploring the evolution of heroin abuse and enforcement in the area. Visitors will also have the have the opportunity to see, up close and personal, artifacts from the Twin Towers and Pentagon, driving home the link between drugs and terrorism.
Host organization: Gulf Coast ExploreumVisit Web site