Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 Law and Legal Definition

The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 (“Act”) is a U.S. federal legislation that took a concrete step towards building a drug-free America. This Act was enacted on November 18, 1988. The Act established the Office of National Drug Control Policy (UNDCP). The Act made it clear that the strategy to eradicate drug abuse from America must be based on research and it should be a long term strategy.

The Act dealt with both the parties, the seller as well as the buyer, involved in drug trade. The ‘User Accountability' section holds users of drugs responsible for their illegal activities. The Federal Government also got to send the public a very clear message for the non-tolerance of drugs through this section. The section also describes programs that aim to reduce drug abuse as well as civil penalties for violators.

The 1988 Act also aims to take steps to provide increasing information and education about drugs at schools.