The national touring exhibit developed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the DEA Educational Foundation, “Drugs: Costs and Consequences,” formerly known as “Target America,” opens Jan. 12, at 750 Miller Drive, SE, Suite F-1 in Leesburg, Va., and will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
“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 gain an understanding of the environmental effects of drugs and what law enforcement, drug abuse education, and treatment are doing to break the troubling cycle of drugs and drug-related violence. They will view an actual South American jungle coca processing lab and a re-created Afghan heroin factory as well as analyze brain-scans in a simulated MRI machine and view real wreckage from a drug-related car accident.
A portion of “Drugs: Costs and Consequences” will focus specifically on Loudoun County and Northern Virginia, exploring the evolution of heroin abuse and enforcement in the area.
CADCA also consulted with exhibit curators to include a panel on the power of the coalition movement in addressing substance abuse.
“Drugs: Costs and Consequences” was developed in partnership with The DEA Educational Foundation, The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, The U.S. National Guard, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, The Office of National Drug Control Policy, and CADCA.