War on Drugs Legal Authorization

Congressional Acts

Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act
27 Oct 1970

Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute
27 Oct 1970

Controlled Substances Act
1 May 1971

Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs
8 August 1975

Psychotropic Substances Act
10 Nov 1978

Colombia International Extradition Treaty with the United States
14 Sept 1979

Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act
2 Jan 1980

Military Cooperation with Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies Act
1 Dec 1981

Controlled Substances Penalties Amendments Act
12 Oct 1984

Aviation Drug Trafficking Control Act
18 Oct 1984

Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986
27 Oct 1986

Prescription Drug Marketing Act
22 Apr 1988

Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988
18 Nov 1988

Office of National Drug Control Policy
18 Nov 1988

Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act
18 Nov 1988

Drug-Free Workplace Act
18 Nov 1988

National Defense Authorization Act , Title XI: Drug Interdiction
25 Jan 1990

Comprehensive Methamphetamine Control Act
3 Oct 1996

Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act
30 April 2003

Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act
9 March 2006

Narco Terrorism Law — 21 U.S. Code § 960a
9 March 2006

Drug Trafficking Vessel Interdiction Act
13 Oct 2008

Fair Sentencing Act
3 Aug 2010

International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act
10 Jan 2018

Executive Orders

Executive Order 11599—Establishing a Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention
17 June 1971

Executive Directive 23—Peru Policy Review
12 August 1972

Executive Directive 173—U. S. Policy Toward Latin America
7 March 1973

Executive Directive 267—Turkish Opium Production
23 August 1974

Executive Directive 221—Narcotics and National Security
8 April 1986

National Security Directive 13—Cocaine Trafficking
7 June 1989

National Security Directive 18—International Counternarcotics Strategy
9 Aug 1989

National Security Directive 18a: Annex to NSD 18 Regarding International Counternarcotics Strategy
23 Aug 1989

National Security Directive 21—U.S. Policy Towards Panama Under Noriega
1 Sept 1989

Proclamation 6497—National Red Ribbon Week for a Drug-Free America
23 Oct 1992

Executive Directive 14—U.S. Policy on International Counternarcotics in the Western Hemisphere
2 Nov 1993

Executive Directive 44—Heroin Control Policy
1 Nov 1995

Presidential Determination No. 2003-32—Resumption of U.S. Drug Interdiction Assistance to the Government of Colombia
18 Aug 2003

Executive Order 13773—Enforcing Federal Law With Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking
9 Feb 2017

Executive Order 13776—Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety
9 Feb 2017

Executive Order 113784—Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission
29 March 2017

Executive Order 14059—Imposing Sanctions on Foreign Persons Involved in the Global Illicit Drug Trade
15 Dec 2021

Executive Order 14060—Establishing the United States Council on Transnational Organized Crime
15 Dec 2021

The War on Drugs is ongoing and predominantly covert.
This page will be updated as declassification continues.

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