DEA Museum Lecture Series: A New Look at Old and Not So Old Drugs; October 5

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The archival video of Thursday’s lecture will be available in about two weeks.

DEA Museum Lecture Series, October 5, 1:00 PM Eastern Time
A New Look at Old and Not So Old Drugs: A 2017 Update on Marijuana Research

Moderated by Robert DuPont, M.D.

With Marijuana in the news–both with state-level legalization efforts and research on its effects on the body and brain, please join us as four renowned international researchers provide updates on these issues.

  • Bertha Madras, Ph.D. Professor Harvard Medical School & former Deputy Director for Demand Reduction, ONDCP
    “Marijuana’s risks for the adolescent brain and development”
  • Arpana Agrawal, Ph.D., Psychiatric Genetics Consortium & Associate Professor, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis
    “Marijuana exposure in young people increases risks of schizophrenia, depression & anhedonia”
  • Adriaan Bruijnzeel, Ph.D., Associate Professor UFBI
    “Original brain studies prove second hand Marijuana, like tobacco smoke, is addicting”
  • Robert DuPont, M.D., Founding Director, NIDA and former Drug Czar
    “Second hand effects of Marijuana smoke in life”

For more information, please contact the DEA Museum at 202-307-3463.

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2017 DEA Memorial Service

This year’s 2017, Annual DEA Memorial Service is at 11:00 am Eastern time, Friday, May 12. The DEA Museum is live webcasting the event.

The DEA Memorial service is held every year in May during National Police Week. The service pays tribute to the men and women of DEA and its predecessor agencies who have lost their lives while on duty. They have made the ultimate sacrifice for drug law enforcement and for our country.

Learn more about the DEA Wall of Honor »

Webcast Replay – Why We Fight: Perspectives on the History of Drug Law Enforcement

Jeff Stamm is a 31-year veteran of DEA who retired after serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the Aviation Division, and is an amateur historian of America’s drug enforcement experiences beginning with the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914. Mr. Stamm will provide his perspectives of our nation’s current global efforts to control the use and trafficking of illegal drugs, as well as countering some of the myths that have been put forth. With abundant examples drawn from his experiences on the job, his scholarship, and from the history of DEA—which he refers to as “the indispensable agency”—Mr. Stamm will speak on America’s current drug control policy that, to paraphrase Churchill, is the worst system ever devised by the wit of man – except for all the others! Watch Now »

An Exclusive showing of “If Only” by James Wahlberg, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 2 PM Eastern

A screening of the film “If Only” with remarks from Producer James Wahlberg will be shown on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 2:00PM EASTERN.

This short film is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and to start a conversation that encourages the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription drugs. It has been shown in venues ranging in size from public school classrooms to stadiums with audiences of nearly 10,000. With the help of the DEA 360, the New Hampshire Youth Summit, which included a showing of the film, reached an audience of over 8,500 in-person and hundreds of thousands more via live streaming and media coverage.

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DEA Museum Lecture Series: Why We Fight: Perspectives on the History of Drug Law Enforcement; April 27, 2017

DEA Lecture Series – Thursday, April 27, 11:00 AM EASTERN – Why We Fight: Perspectives on the History of Drug Law Enforcement, presented by Retired DEA Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Stamm, Executive Director, Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Jeff Stamm is a 31-year veteran of DEA who retired after serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the Aviation Division, and is an amateur historian of America’s drug enforcement experiences beginning with the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914. Mr. Stamm will provide his perspectives of our nation’s current global efforts to control the use and trafficking of illegal drugs, as well as countering some of the myths that have been put forth. With abundant examples drawn from his experiences on the job, his scholarship, and from the history of DEA—which he refers to as “the indispensable agency”—Mr. Stamm will speak on America’s current drug control policy that, to paraphrase Churchill, is the worst system ever devised by the wit of man – except for all the others!

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Drugs: Costs & Consequences opens in Mobile, AL

On February 3, 2017, DEA’s traveling exhibit, Drugs: Costs & Consequences, opened at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. Located in in Mobile, Alabama, the Exploreum hosted over 200 school children at the opening event.

children sit on the floor listening to a local elected offical talk about the dangers of drugs.

Children looking at exhibit in Drugs: Costs & Consequences

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gulf Coast region residents and visitors can experience a powerful interactive exploration of the effects of drugs on both individuals and society. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the history and the current science behind drug law enforcement, drug prevention, and drug treatment specific to Mobile, Alabama and the surrounding area communities.

Federal, state, and local officials were in attendance.

Museum, DEA, DEA Foundation, and local officials cut the ribbon to open the exhibit.

The exhibit will be at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center through September 3, 2017.

Drugs: Costs & Consequences

Students from Broward County public schools learn about the costs of illegal drug manufacturing.
Students from Broward County public schools learn about the costs of illegal drug manufacturing.

The DEA’s travelling exhibit, Drugs: Costs & Consequences is now open at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, through the end of the year.

Visitors have the opportunity to learn about the impact illegal drugs have on the world as well as local areas. In addition to seeing how these illicit drugs are manufactured, visitors can learn about the horrific effects these drugs can have on the human body.

If you would like to bring this free exhibit to your community, please contact the DEA Educational Foundation.

Baty hired as New Museum Director

Formal portrait of Laurie A. Baty Sean Fearns, Chief, DEA Community Outreach & Prevention Section, announced the hiring of Laurie A. Baty, Executive Director of the National Capital Radio & Television Museum in Bowie, Maryland, as the new Director of the DEA Museum.

In his introductory remarks he wrote:

“Laurie Baty comes to us from the National Capitol Radio & Television Museum in Bowie, Maryland, where she served as Deputy Director and then Executive Director. Prior to those assignments, Ms. Baty was the first Director of the new National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC. Before launching the effort to develop the exhibits for National Law Enforcement Museum, Ms. Baty was the Deputy Director for Collections and then Deputy Director for Special Projects at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

“Previous positions in Ms. Baty’s distinguished career include: Chief of the Museum Services Branch at the U.S Department of the Interior; Program Officer for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives; Archivist for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History; Curatorial Librarian at the Maryland Historical Society; Fellow at the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester; Museum Technician at Ft. McHenry National Monument in Baltimore; and Interpreter at the C&O Canal National Historic Site. She began her professional career with internships at the National Portrait Gallery, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Ms. Baty holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Gettysburg College, a Master’s Degree in American Studies from George Washington University, and professional affiliations and activities too numerous to list. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivits.”

Laurie has been on the job since July 25.

2016 DEA Memorial Service Webcast

Watch the 2016 DEA Memorial Service Webcast

This year’s 2016, Annual DEA Memorial Service is at 11:00 am Eastern time, Friday, May 13. The  DEA Museum is live webcasting the event.

The DEA Memorial service is held every year in May during National Police Week. The service pays tribute to the men and women of DEA and its predecessor agencies who have lost their lives while on duty. They have made the ultimate sacrifice for drug law enforcement and for our country.

Learn more about the DEA Wall of Honor »

Webcast Replay – The Heroin Epidemic: Then and Now – Lessons Learned

Please join former DEA Administrator Peter Bensinger and former NIDA Director Robert DuPont, MD, who will outline the steps taken during the late 1970s to reduce the supply of heroin in the United States to increase the price and reduce the purity, with direct impact on the number of heroin users and overdose deaths. Former Administrator Bensinger will discuss at least two major heroin initiatives, Operation Heroin B and Operation Trizo. Dr. DuPont will highlight the crucial role of DEA, and law enforcement generally, in a public health approach to the heroin epidemic and lessons learned from the 1970s heroin epidemic. Watch now »