Anti-Drug Abuse Act Law & Legal Definition


The Anti-Drug Abuse Act (“Act”) is a federal legislation enacted in 1988. The Act is codified at 21 USCS prec § 801. The Act prohibits illegal importation, manufacture, distribution, and possession and improper use of drugs. The Act also prohibits those controlled substances that have a detrimental effect on the health and general welfare of the people in the U.S.

The Act prohibits money laundering in which the money is obtained illegally from the sale of illicit drugs. The Act also recognizes the danger involved in the manufacture, distribution, and use of certain psychotropic substances for nonscientific and nonmedical purposes. The Act provides for strong and effective measures to control illicit trafficking and to regulate legitimate uses of psychotropic substances in the U.S. Abuse of psychotropic substances has become a phenomenon common to many countries, and is not confined to national borders. Hence, the Act necessitates the U.S. to cooperate with other nations in establishing effective controls over international traffic in such substances.