The Splendors and Miseries of stimulants

The Splendors and Miseries of stimulants

Exhibition in the Pharmacy Museum 25.05.2022 - 30.04.2023

The Pharmacy Museum hosts exhibition “The Splendors and Miseries of stimulants”, which is dedicated to both herbal and chemical stimulants. The exhibition introduces the types of stimulants and their effects on health, paying special attention to the adverse effects of overuse. The exhibition has been created in cooperation with BENU Pharmacy Latvia and the The Anti-Doping bureau of Latvia.

Stimulants are medicines that affect the central nervous system by altering the user’s perception, mood, consciousness, and behavior. Due to their potent effect, stimulants have several medical applications. They can be used as painkillers, cough medicine and cold medicine. More than 400 preparations with stimulating effects are already in use all over the world, and the effect of these products is the unifying motive for their successful use in the world of high fashion, professional sports, and war. Due to the changing properties of the psyche and emotions, people also use them for entertainment purposes.

Reckless and excessive use of stimulants can have serious health consequences and can be addictive. In 1967, at the initiative of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the first prohibited list was established.

The exhibition “The Splendors and Miseries of stimulants” is dedicated to both herbal and chemical stimulating remedies. It will feature historical stimulating substances from the museum’s collection, as well as food supplements made in 21st century. The botanical illustrations will show plants that contain stimulating substances that we use every day, such as the cocoa tree.

A separate part of the exhibition is dedicated to healthy sports, with a special focus on teenagers. It features doping control equipment and a short film “Doping Procedure for Athletes” produced by the The Anti-Doping bureau of Latvia. During exhibition, educational talks will be organized for 9th – 12th grade students under the guidance of Ivan Šapošņikovs, an education expert at the The Anti-Doping bureau of Latvia.

Additional information about the exhibition and its accompanying program can be found on the Facebook account of the Pharmacy museum and by contacting the pharmacist and lead specialist of the museum Inguna Cīrule:, 67213008.

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