Drugs: Costs and Consequences Interactive Exhibit

drugs: costs & consequences

Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause 
An Interactive Exhibit

February 7 — June 21, 2020  

arma-Snow branch
2121 Snow road 

With the growth of the heroin and prescription opioid pill crisis in Ohio, our region must come together to understand the full costs and consequences of drug abuse. Together with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation, Cuyahoga County Public Library is proud to bring the traveling exhibition Drugs: Costs & Consequences to its Parma-Snow Branch. This interactive exhibit is a powerful educational experience that provides an eye-opening look at the devastating costs of drug abuse. 


About the exhibit Cost-to-the-Brain-and-Body-copy.jpg

Admission to the Drugs: Costs & Consequences is free to all visitors. The exhibit 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. 

More than 22 million students, educators and families have experienced Drugs: Costs & Consequences since it began traveling the nation in 2002. 


Interactive kiosks allow visitors to explore the science behind drug addiction, the global impact of illegal drugs, drug impaired driving and other topics. Brain-Chemistry.jpg

The Costs of Drugs – Learn about how all of us can be tragically affected by the choices made by those involved with drugs. From a wrecked car driven by a drug-impaired driver, to the global reach of narcoterrorism and increasing health care costs and effects on neighborhoods and the children who play in them. 
Drugs and the Body – Explore the impact of drugs on the brain and the body, the important new discoveries on both short and long term effects, and the important science research being done right here in Ohio to fight addiction.
Drugs and the Environment – Discover the impact of clear cutting in South American rain forests for drug fields, the damage to our National Parks and Forests by local drug production, and the dumping of hazardous waste into the water table after methamphetamine production.
The Ohio Story – Understand the history of drug abuse and trafficking in Ohio, the current drug threats that are present in communities across the state, and what is being done by education, law enforcement and treatment groups.
Breaking the Cycle – Engage with organizations across Ohio that support the importance of each citizen being part of the effort to break the cycle of drug abuse, drug violence and drug trafficking. Get involved and be part of the solution.


In conjunction with the interactive exhibit, Drugs: Costs and Consequences, best-selling author and advocate David Sheff, will visit our Parma-Snow Branch on May 11 to discuss his memoir Beautiful Boy, and his other work researching addiction and treatment.

This event is free and open to the public. Please register to reserve your seat. Books will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Mac's Backs — Books on Coventry.


The Drugs: Costs & Consquences exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration Educational Foundation