Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

DEA Multimedia Gallery (Drug Enforcement Administration)

DEA Image Gallery (Drug Enforcement Administration)

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What does a bong look like?
  • What does raw black tar heroin look like?
  • What do marinol pills look like?
  • What does loose marijuana look like?
  • What does foil wrapped PCP look like?


This site has factsheets and publications worth looking into, but it also has a very valuable resource for writers – links to photos of different kinds of abused drugs in raw and processed form. Available topics are:

  • Amphetamines/Stimulants
  • Bath salts
  • Cocaine/Crack Cocaine
  • Depressants
  • Drug Paraphernalia
  • Ecstasy (MDMA)
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone
  • K2/Spice
  • Khat
  • LSD
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines
  • Narcotics
  • Other Drugs
  • OxyContin
  • Steroids

The photos only have the briefest of captions, so don’t expect much information from the photos beyond knowing what the drugs look like. When factsheets are available on the Multimedia home page, they will provide more complete information.


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