Drugs: Costs & Consequences now open to the public

Drugs: Costs & Consequences now open to the public

Release date: 2/17/2020

The exhibit, presented in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation, provides an eye-opening look at the devastating costs of drug abuse.

Parma, OH – February 17, 2020 – Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL), together with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation, is proud to announce the opening of the traveling exhibit: "Drugs: Costs & Consequences" at its Parma-Snow Branch located at 2121 Snow Road in Parma. 

"We are excited to bring this informative exhibit to the greater-Cleveland area," said Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin, Detroit Field Division. "I'm particularly proud of the Our Local Story exhibit, which does a great job of highlighting the tremendous work DEA agents do right here in our own community."

The exhibit was developed in partnership with The DEA Educational Foundation, The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, The National Institute on Drug Abuse, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and The Partnership for a Drug Free America. It premiered September 11, 2002 at the DEA Museum in Arlington, Virginia.

Visited by more than 22 million people since its inception, the exhibit reveals the full costs and consequences of drug abuse and presents a historical overview of the impact of drugs on society, including an in-depth look at drug production and trafficking; an overview of the science of addiction; and the costs of drug abuse on society, the environment, health and communities. The exhibit features interactive kiosks; rubble from the 9/11 tragedy highlighting the consequences of narco terrorism; and local stories illustrating drug abuse and trafficking in Ohio and how education, law enforcement and treatment groups are rising up to meet these local challenges.

"Cuyahoga County Public Library is the first library system to host this exhibition. We are proud to make this important educational experience available to our customers and residents throughout Northeast Ohio. Our hope is that the learning that takes place within the exhibit translates into positive action in our community," said Tracy Strobel, Cuyahoga County Public Library executive director.

Admission to Drugs: Costs & Consequences is free and open to the public. Starting Friday, February 21 through June 21, the exhibit will be open during library hours. More details can be found at www.cuyahogalibrary.org/dea

The exhibit ribbon-cutting will take place at 9:30 AM on February 21. Speakers include:

  • United States Congressman Anthony Gonzalez
  • Justin Herdman, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Mayor Tim DeGeeter, City of Parma
  • Judge David T. Matia, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas - Drug Court
  • Special Agent in Charge Keith Martin, DEA Detroit Field Division
  • Bill Alden, CEO and chairman, DEA Educational Foundation
  • Tracy Strobel, executive director, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Volunteer opportunities are available for those interested in helping guide visitors through the exhibit; experts who would like to provide group presentations on topics relevant to their field of expertise (such as mental health, criminal justice, substance use and abuse, prevention and treatment); and those with a background in mentoring, mental health, substance use and counseling and are comfortable meeting with youth experiencing acute distress. Contact exhibit educator Ashley Gristwood at 216.749.9412 or agristwood@cuyahogalibrary.org for more information.

A variety of special programs are also scheduled to coincide with the Drugs: Costs & Consequences exhibit. 

How to Be a Respectable Junkie
Parma-Snow Branch
Thursday, February 20 / 6:30 - 8:30 PM

This live-action play based on real-life events takes an in-depth look into the troubled soul of a man caught in heroin's deadly grip. Free and open to the public. Reserve your seat.

Drugs & Alcohol: Where We Have Been & What We're Currently On
Parma-Snow Branch
Thursday, March 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Join us for an informative, entertaining presentation on the history of drugs in America, current trends, and policy issues facing our local communities and the nation. Free and open to the public. Reserve your seat.

Meet Author David Sheff
Parma-Snow Branch
Monday, May 11 / 7:00 PM

The best-selling author and advocate will discuss his memoir A Beautiful Boy and his other work researching addiction and treatment. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Mac's Books — Books on Coventry. Reserve your seat

More information about Drugs: Costs & Consequences can be found by clicking here.

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