Stories from the Collection: Opium Pillow

In this episode of “Stories from the Collection,” the DEA Museum spotlights an opium pillow: a ceramic headrest used by people who smoked opium, an addictive drug. Opium pillows were found in opium dens worldwide in the 19th and 20th centuries. Learn the ancient history behind the pillow’s design and why opium dens eventually disappeared in the United States.

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