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Bureau of Drug Abuse Control

  • By: Meggan M. Bucossi, Shawna M. Andersen & Gregory L. Stuart
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

The Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (BDAC) was created in December 1965 within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the Drug Abuse Control Act of 1965. When the BDAC was created, the Department of the Treasury was no longer responsible for the enforcement of federal drug laws. There was a particular focus on amphetamines, hallucinogens, and barbiturates, as the Drug Abuse Control Act identified the misuse and trafficking of these drugs as an emerging social problem. The purpose of the BDAC was to take over the new enforcement responsibilities and to implement a training program for its agents.

The BDAC was organized into three divisions: Case Assistance, Drug Studies and Statistics, and Investigations. The organization aimed to create methods to address ...

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