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Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions: Home

Summer 2018 Exhibit


Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change.

The transformation of a particular drug, from an acceptable indulgence to a bad habit, or vice versa, is closely tied to the intentions of those endorsing its use, and their status in society. This exhibition explores some of the factors that have shaped the changing definition of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace. This exhibit focuses on ; alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, opium and tobacco.

The Pick Your Poison exhibit will be on the first floor of the Health Science Library from June 24- August 3 2018

Pick Your Poison Speaker Dates

David Courtwright :  From Opium to Opioids : A short history of drug policy in the United States 

Date:  July 25th

Time 12:00-1:00pm

Location : HSC C1-4


David Herzberg : The Other Drug War: Pharmaceuticals and Addiction in U.S. History

Date: July 31st

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: HSC C1-4

Photos from the Pick Your Poison exhibit


This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

 More information about the exhibit can be found here:


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