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DEA Celebrates 50th Anniversary



The Drug Enforcement Administration celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 1, 2023. Over the past 50 years, DEA has worked to keep American communities safe and healthy by preventing criminal drug networks and drug-related violence and deaths.

In 1973, former President Richard Nixon proposed the creation of a new agency when he declared “an all-out global war on the drug menace.” Congress heard months of testimony for the proposal and created the Drug Enforcement Administration later that year. The Drug Enforcement Administration integrated narcotics agents and U.S. Customs agents into one effective force. These agents work to remove dangerous drugs from the street and prevent them from coming across our borders.

Join us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary! Learn more about our history, view images, and participate in activities to celebrate.

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