Joint Counterdrug Operations.
JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF WASHINGTON DC
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Tile United States role in counterdrug CD initiatives has evolved from independent actions to one of joint military and civilian cooperation. Although the Drug Enforcement Administration DEA and its predecessor agencies have had primary responsibility for enforcing US drug laws, each significant expansion in drug abuse has brought additional Federal, state, and local agencies into the CD effort. The national drug control strategy NDCS is a comprehensive program of CD actions which employs a multinational and multiagency approach to the problem of illegal drugs and has five goals educate and enable Americas youth to reject illegal drugs as well as alcohol and tobacco increase the safety of Americas citizens by substantially reducing drug-related crime and violence reduce health and social costs to the public of illegal drug use shield Americas air, land, and sea frontiers from the drug threat and break foreign and domestic drug sources of supply. The Department of Defense DOD policy for CD support must be consistent with legal and regulatory constraints imposed by law.
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