Collection Spotlight

No matter how big or small, every artifact tells a story. While only a fraction of the objects and images in the Museum's collection, these eye-catching artifacts capture significant moments in the history of drugs and drug law enforcement.

Opium Packing Stamp

Opium Packing Stamp

An opium packing stamp used to mark packages of opium processed by a refinery in Afghanistan.

A tan form with red text.

Opium Order Form

An early 20th-century order form for opium, an addictive narcotic.

A medicine bottle wrapped in tan, printed paper next to a colorful card featuring a woman and her two children looking at a newspaper advertisement.

Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup

An advertisement and bottle of Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, a patent medicine that contained morphine.

Morphine syrette

Morphine Syrette

A morphine syrette originally packaged in the medical kit of a World War II soldier.

Metal I Beam

Metal I Beam

A hollow metal I beam that unsuccessfully concealed cocaine from law enforcement officers.

A skeletal Santa Muerte statue

La Santa Muerte Statue

A spiritual icon found among members of the Gulf, Sinaloa, and Juarez drug cartels.

A glass bottle of pills labeled "La Grippe."

La Grippe Bottle

An early 20th-century pill bottle used to treat “la grippe,” or the flu.

A taxidermy fish with a slit in its side.

Koi Fish

A koi fish used to smuggle heroin into the United States.

A painted statue of Jesús Malverde sitting in a chair.

Jesús Malverde Statue

A statue of Jesús Malverde, a Mexican folk saint.

Homer Simpson Bong

Homer Simpson Bong

A Homer Simpson-themed bong used to smoke tobacco or marijuana.