Drug Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act (Act) is a federal statute designed to be a practical resource for governments, policy planners, service commissioners and treatment providers against drug abuse. The Act was introduced because of the ineffectiveness of the efforts of state and local governments and by the federal government to control and treat drug abuse in the U.S.
The Act makes provision for federal drug abuse programs and activities. The Act also provides for education, treatment, rehabilitation, research, training, and law enforcement efforts to prevent drug abuse.
The Act states that control of drug abuse requires the development of a comprehensive, coordinated long term federal strategy that encompasses both effective law enforcement against illegal drug traffic and effective health programs to rehabilitate victims of drug abuse. [21 USCS § 1102]