Drug Enforcement Administration
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a law enforcement agency that works for the United States Department of Justice that enforces the United States drug laws. The DEA is the agency with the most responsiblility for drug enforcement in the U.S. and also shares its responsibilities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It also has complete responsibility (duty to do something) for U.S. drug enforcement investigations in other countries.
|Drug Enforcement Administration|
|Logo of the Drug Enforcement Administration.|
|Badge of the Drug Enforcement Administration.|
|Formed||1973, July 1|
|Annual Budget||$2.415 billion USD (2006)|
|Legal personality||Governmental agency|
|Federal agency||United States|
|Elected officer responsible||Eric Holder, Attorney General|
|Parent agency||United States Department of Justice|
The Drug Enforcement Administration was created on 1 July 1973, by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1973, signed by President Richard Nixon on 28 March 1973. It suggested a single federal agency to enforce the federal drug laws as well as to join together and to organize the government's drug control efforts.
The DEA is run by an Administrator of Drug Enforcement who is given the job by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Administrator's direct boss is the Attorney General through the Deputy Attorney General. It has its own training centre called the DEA Academy on the United States Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia with the FBI Academy. It has 21 domestic divisions inside the U.S. with 227 field offices and 86 foreign offices in 62 countries. With a budget of over 2.415 billion U.S. dollars, the DEA employs over 10,800 people, including over 5,500 Special agents.
The DEA has a system in place which allows doctors and other people, such as dentists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, to prescribe medicines, researchers and manufacturers access to "Schedule I" drugs, as well as Schedules 2, 3, 4 and 5.
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- List of former DEA Administrators
- Agency of Fear - The History of the origins of the DEA in the Nixon White House
- Results of Prohibition Archived 2009-01-14 at the Wayback Machine The financial costs of drug use and drug prohibition in the U.S., impact on levels of drug use and prices.
- A response to the DEA web site
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- Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy Full text of major government commission reports on the effects of drug enforcement
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- DEA Lookup.com Commercial DEA number database search service
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- Get Smart About Drugs - A DEA Resource for Parents
- DEA Demand Reduction - Street Smart Prevention