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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education Amendments (1978)

  • By: Li-Ching Hung & Cary Stacy Smith
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education Amendments (ADAEA; 1978) were established to coordinate alcohol and drug abuse educational efforts at the state and federal levels. They were an extension of the Drug Abuse Office and Treatment Act (DAOTA) of 1972 (21 U.S.C. ss. 1101–91; Supp. II, 1972) that was passed by the nation's 37th president, Richard M. Nixon. DAOTA was originally named the Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education, a section within the U.S. Department of Education, the agency that supplies money for drug prevention and treatment.

DAOTA was initiated so federal and community-based treatment programs would be in charge of the maintenance treatment of drug addicts (e.g., methadone for heroin). Its job entailed the coordination of a federal stratagem while launching a platform that ...

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