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Target America Exhibit Opens at the California Science Center October 2, 2008
Date:9/11/2008

Exhibit from the Drug Enforcement Administration explores the many costs

and consequences of illegal drugs

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) traveling exhibit Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause will open in Los Angeles at the California Science Center on October 2, 2008. Running through May 3, 2009 the exhibit will explore the science behind illegal drug addiction and the myriad costs of illegal drugs to individuals, American society and the world.

Target America began its national tour in 2002 and comes to Los Angeles with a newly expanded section specific to Southern California. The "Southern California Story" section looks at prevention, treatment and law enforcement issues related to drugs in Southern California as well as current neuroscience research aimed at understanding and breaking the cycle of drug abuse and addiction. Most Americans are unaware of the science behind the damaging effects of illegal drugs on the mind and body, or of the other tremendous costs associated with the production, sale and use of illegal drugs. Despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans are not drug users, the costs to society -- estimated at more than $180 billion a year -- are paid by the public in many ways. This includes the cost of lost productivity of users in the workplace, their health care, criminal justice costs, child welfare costs, and the impact their drug use has on everyone's health and safety.

"This exhibit will open eyes to the vast and tragic consequences of illegal drugs -- from their damaging health effects, to lost lives, to taxing our healthcare and social welfare systems, to billions in economic losses, to family despair, environmental harm, impaired worker performance, to funding terrorism," said DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. "Understanding the far-reaching and devastating impact of illegal drugs is key to preven
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