Construction has begun at the California Museum of Science and Industry on what sponsors say is the nation's first permanent exhibit designed to discourage drug abuse by teen-agers.
"Lifestyle Choices" is scheduled to open in January at the Exposition Park facility and will utilize video-interactive displays, such as a simulator showing how difficult it is to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The project is co-sponsored by the National Health Foundation and Arco Corp., which contributed $750,000. It was jointly announced by the foundation, Arco and the office of Nancy Reagan, the honorary exhibit chairwoman.
The exhibit will be incorporated into the Los Angeles Unified School District's drug-abuse prevention program.