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Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act

The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 (Public Law 91–513) was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon on October, 27, 1970. This sweeping law, and its many subsequent amendments, combined many different drug laws into a single federal statute that covered substance use and abuse, treatment and prevention, as well as drug traffic interdiction efforts. It was purposely constructed to serve as a broad uniform federal approach to address substance use and abuse. The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act still serves as the major legal foundation for drug enforcement efforts in the United States, as well as for guiding the regulation of illicit drug manufacturing in this country.

The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act was intended to ...

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