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Drugs: Cost & Consequences & The Brain: The Inside Story

The brain’s reward circuit display, part of Drugs: Costs & Consequences exhibition. Courtesy: U.S Drug Enforcement Adminstration Museum.

The alarming escalation in opioid, methamphetamine, and illegal drug deaths in New Mexico and throughout the United States has reached epidemic proportions. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will host two separate yet complementary, timely exhibitions in early 2019, Drugs: Costs and Consequences; and, Brain: The Inside Story.

“Each of these two exhibits presents phenomenal learning opportunities. Brain: The Inside Story invites visitors to understand how the brain functions and even participate in science-based experiences, while Drugs: Costs and Consequences explores global drug issues that trickle down to the smallest communities,” said Margie Marino, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. “Our objective is to help each visitor become part of the solution to make changes for the better.”

Drugs: Costs & Consequences traveling exhibition from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum will be on display daily in Albuquerque from Jan. 26 through the Fall.

“The DEA drug exhibition provides a very powerful message on the destructive impacts of drug use in our society, on families, health, our environment and community safety,” said Marino. “As the depth and breadth of this epidemic has come into focus in New Mexico, the museum was eager to partner with the DEA and our many engaged local partners to lay bare the heinous impact these drugs are having on our society.”

Brain: The Inside Story uses interactive, puzzles, brain-scan imagining and models to explore senses, emotion and brain development. It draws on the most current research and technology to present the latest in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to experience, disability or trauma. Brain: The Inside Story will be on exhibition from February through June 23, 2019. From a real plastinated brain to dazzling art installations revealing our own perceptions, this exhibition comes alive with fascinating discussions of how our minds work.

Open Daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $8 Adults (13–59) $7 Seniors (60+), $5 Children (3–12). Free to NM residents with ID on the first Sunday of the month and every Wednesday to NM Seniors with ID.

Lectures in conjunction with Brain: The Inside Story include: Peering into the Brain, what do we see?; Your Brain after a Concussion; Tsunamis in the Brain, and Alcohol, Genes and the brain: The Latest Science and Dispelling Myths.

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