Narcotic Drug Import and Export Act Law and Legal Definition

The Narcotics Drug Import and Export Act (“Act”) was a U.S. federal legislation that was enacted in 1922 to prohibit the importation and use of opium and other narcotics except for medical purposes. This Act established the Federal Narcotics Control Board to tightly oversee the import and export of opiates.

This law also prohibits and prescribes punishment for the exportation of narcotic drugs from the U.S. or from any territory under the control or jurisdiction of the U.S. However, exportation of certain drugs for medical and scientific uses to countries that are parties to specified international conventions and agreements relating to the control of the traffic in narcotics was permitted. This federal legislation stands repealed now.