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
David Courtwright : From Opium to Opioids : A short history of drug policy in the United States
Date: July 25th
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
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: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/pickyourpoison/