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Learn About the History of Drug Law Enforcement in the U.S. at the DEA Museum

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been fighting drug smuggling and use in the United States since the 1970s. So, unsurprisingly, its agents have many colorful stories to tell. The DEA Museum in Arlington helps to tell those stories. I opened in 1999 with a collection of artifacts that tell the story of drugs and drug law enforcement in the U.S. and beyond.

Today, its collection includes more than 2,000 items and 5,000-plus images. The artifacts including everything from the earliest medicine bottles to contemporary containers that smugglers use to conceal drugs. Come and explore the permanent collection at the DEA Museum to learn more about the history of controlled substances in the nation via exhibits such as Illegal Drugs in America, Drugs: Costs & Consequences, and Good Medicine, Bad Behavior.