Drug Abuse Control Amendments of 1965

U.S. policy on drug control can be viewed within a two-dimensional framework. The first dimension entails reduction and control of the supply of drugs via law enforcement, legislation, incarceration, sentencing, and interdiction. The second dimension entails a reduction in the demand for drugs. Through prevention, education, and treatment, demand is reduced. In two early attempts to reduce the supply and use of drugs, the importation of opium by Chinese nationals at the federal level was banned in 1887, and opium smoking was prohibited in the Philippines in 1905.

In 1906, the Pure Food and Drug Act banned the interstate transportation of mislabeled or adulterated food and drugs. However, the legislation did not forbid the use of opiate drugs and cocaine. It is evident that the ...

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