Co-sponsors for the 10,000 sq. ft. exhibit include the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), the National Guard, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), The Patnership at Drugfree.org and The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The hope is that through the educational process of going through all of the displays, young people will get more of an understanding of what drugs are and what damage they cause to individuals and to society as a whole.
In each city the DEA also partners with local sponsors and includes area prevention and treatment resources. Throughout the years, Target America continues to be updated with more information and new displays. Previous cities include New York, Tampa, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Omaha, Dallas and New Orleans. It started in 2002 at the DEA Museum in Arlington, Virginia.
Drug and alcohol abuse cost our country tens of thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars each year. It is good to see that a governmental organization traditionally focused on law enforcement is participating in drug education and prevention as well as advocating for addiction treatment programs. For more information about the museum, visit their website here.