Tuesday, 11 May 2010


The tablets i.e. drugs, are all real on this board and most have been painstakingly painted and varnished. Capsules, however, have been emptied and replenished with flour. The syringes are real but without the needle tips. Each one is filled with glow-in-the-dark beads. There are various keys lettered with words that are known to people in the medical profession.

For instance, along the top is Pharmacotherapy meaning the treatment of disease through the administration of drugs.

Across the middle is Poly Pharmacopeia, also spelled Pharmacopoeia which refers to the use of multiple drugs. If you look closely, you will see that the word cope in pharmacopeia has been high-lighted from the main word.

On either side of the board are seen OTC or Over the Counter and POM or Prescription Only Medicine.

And in a nod to Roxy Music fans, Love and Drug(s) are in vertical letters along the right side.

This board represents a huge cry for help from our overly-medicated society.

I created the board for my sister who teaches pharmacology and I suggested that she encase it in plexiglass so that her students were not tempted to pick off the drugs to try them.

Drug-free is born free.
Shannon Lee