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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



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

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