ALEF Accreditations: DEA

United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)


Most Americans think the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the federal agency that combats drug trafficking and distribution within the U.S. And while fighting drug dealing is indeed a large -- and perhaps the most public -- part of the DEA’s duties, it’s by no means the agency’s only vast task. In fact, the DEA is also tasked with combatting drug abuse, at every level. And that includes licensing and registering Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) providers. It is under these auspices that the federal law enforcement agency is involved with ALEF.
But first some history…

History of the DEA



The DEA was created by Executive Order in July of 1973. The Executive issuing that Order was President Richard M. Nixon, who’d declared “an all- out global war on the drug menace.” “Right now,” said the then president, “the federal government is fighting the war on drug abuse under a distinct handicap, for its efforts are those of a loosely confederated alliance facing a resourceful, elusive, worldwide enemy. Certainly, the cold-blooded underworld networks that funnel narcotics from suppliers all over the world are no respecters of the bureaucratic dividing lines that now complicate our anti-drug efforts.”

The loosely confederated alliance Nixon was referring to consisted of the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement (ODALE), the Office of National Narcotics Intelligence (ONNI), U.S. Customs, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD). The BNDD had been formed in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson to merge the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Narcotics with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare’s Bureau of Drug Abuse Control (BDAC) and place both under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Justice Department. But the “bureaucratic dividing lines [still] complicating [America’s] anti-drug efforts” made a second merger necessary. It also made the BNDD the de facto predecessor of the DEA.

The BNDD’s most notable success was in busting the so-called French Connection (yes, that French Connection), which had annually been pumping thousands of pounds of Turkish heroin into America since the middle 20th Century. But the agency also had its hands full enforcing 1970’s comprehensive Controlled Substance Act (CSA). The CSA gave the BNDD jurisdiction over the more than 2,000 drug manufacturers and distributors who had been operating under the 1914 Harrison Narcotics Act, as well as various Drug Abuse Control Amendments. And that was indeed a vast enterprise. In fact, at the time it was estimated that upwards of 50% of legally manufactured narcotics hit America’s illegal drug market. The BNDD was ordered to put a stop to such dangerous diversions.

The DEA’s Diversion Control Division continues to help prevent legitimately-manufactured drugs from making it on to the street, where they run the greatest risk of abuse and addiction. The agency also operates a wide variety of drug education and prevention programs, including the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Just Think Twice (for teens), Get Smart About Drugs (for parents, educators, and caregivers) and Campus Drug Prevention (for professionals in higher education). Furthermore, the DEA both authorizes and licenses all medical professionals, researchers and manufacturers who wish to lawfully distribute, research and prescribe any Schedule 1-5 controlled substance (i.e. doctors, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, etc), as well as those who want to dispense (pharmacies) or manufacture (drug companies) such drugs. It is under this purview that ALEF is licensed by the DEA.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) not only fights drug trafficking and distribution all across America, but it also licenses and registers all Medication-Assisted Treatment providers in order to fight drug abuse. ALEF is proud to be a fully-licensed and registered part of the DEA’s drug-fighting efforts.

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ALEF & the DEA


ALEF is proud to be fully licensed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). We’re additionally proud to be in compliance with all DEA rules and regulations, especially those concerning methadone, Suboxone, buprenorphine and other proven addiction treatment medications. Our official DEA # ensures each client that the medications they receive are prescribed by a professionally-accredited and legally- sanctioned entity. In other words, that they’ll be provided the safest, surest and most advanced Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) the federal government can license.

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) not only fights drug trafficking and distribution all across America, but it also licenses and registers all Medication-Assisted Treatment providers in order to fight drug abuse. ALEF is proud to be a fully-licensed and registered part of the DEA’s drug-fighting efforts.

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