Illegal drugs and the environment


For nearly 50 years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has operated in remote forests, jungles and deserts around the world to prevent illicit drugs from harming the safety and health of Americans. In every location, clandestine drug cultivation and production leaves shocking environmental devastation.

DEA agents and forensic scientists encounter Central and South American rainforests cleared for coca and opium poppy fields and banned toxic pesticides used in growing marijuana in National Forests Americans. In addition, tons of hazardous waste and chemicals, by-products of the industrial production of methamphetamine and cocaine, are dumped into waterways in Africa, Asia, Central America and the United States every year. ‘South America.

Our roundtable, moderated by Curator of Education Josh Edmundson, will be an eye-opening experience enriched by the experience, knowledge, and first-hand observations of DEA experts. The program will end with a short Q&A session with the audience.

We are excited to announce that this will be our first in-person program since the COVID-19 outbreak. The program will also be broadcast live to the public, archived and stored on the Museum’s website.

Stream the video live on or YouTube on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

To attend the event in person, RSVP to Eventbrite (please do not RSVP if you plan to attend virtually). The DEA Museum is located at 700 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, Virginia, 22202.

Questions? Contact the DEA Museum at or 202-307-3463. Sign language interpretation will be provided.

Click here to view the program flyer.


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