Federal agencies are leaving no stone unturned to educate Americans about the prevalence of drug abuse across the nation and the extent of damage it has caused. In such a move by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), its traveling exhibit “Drugs: Costs and Consequences” will open at the Cedar Park’s Texas Museum of Science and Technology on September 22, 2017. The exhibit, which will be on display until June 30, 2018, will share in detail, information about drug dependence, drug cartels and effects of drug abuse, among others.
The DEA’s traveling exhibit started its national tour in 2002. Its current focus is to make available updated information about drug investigations and cases that are relevant to Central Texas. In addition to highlighting the history of drug trade, prevention strategies, and social and law enforcement issues, the exhibit will talk about how addiction problems have affected people’s lives in the state.
Focusing on drug addiction
Commenting on the exhibit, Will Glaspy, special agent in charge of the DEA Houston division, said, “We are excited to see the DEA traveling exhibit on display in Cedar Park. The more we can educate parents and children from across the state on the dangers of drug abuse, the more we can help prevent the destructive impact that drugs have in our communities. This exhibit provides insights into DEA’s fight against deadly drug trafficking organizations and the science behind the drugs that cost thousands of lives every year.”
Despite thousands succumbing to the effects of illegal drugs every year, many Americans are not aware of the devastating impact that substance abuse can cause. This has resulted in millions of people resorting to drug use either for the fun of getting high or out of sheer curiosity. Some of them turn to drugs hoping that the transient effects will help them escape the burden on their mind. Little do these people realize about the irreparable physiological and psychological damage that drugs can cause.
Federal agencies are trying their utmost to curtail smuggling of drugs into the country. Illegal transportation of drugs to meet the growing demand is rampant. This is evident from a recent drug bust that led to the seizure of 122 kilograms of narcotics with a street value of over $30 million by officials of the DEA’s New Jersey Division and the New York City Police Department’s Queens Narcotics Major Case Squad on Sept. 18, 2017. Prior to this, DEA agents and NYPD detectives had seized roughly 25 kilograms of fentanyl on Sept. 5, 2017, from a vehicle, while authorities had recovered nearly 64 kilograms of pure fentanyl on Aug. 1, 2017.
Overcoming drug addiction
As opposed to the misconception about drug addiction problems being permanent and irrecoverable, experts maintain that timely treatment can help addicts get relieved of their dependence on the effects of harmful substances. Drug addiction is pervasive across the nation with its effects felt not only on the users but on their families too. Mental health experts recommend people with addiction to check into rehabilitation centers to ensure optimized treatment. It is necessary to realize that the main idea of joining a rehab is to initiate a cycle of change from addiction to sobriety.
The intensive outpatient program in Texas offered by Sovereign Health provides evidence-based treatment methods to ensure complete recovery from addiction to any harmful substance. Clinicians at our intensive outpatient rehab centers strive to ensure that every patient has the best chance of a successful recovery. For more information, contact our 24/7 helpline or chat online with one of our counselors.
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