DEA: Good Guys or Bad Guys?

DEA agent with drug paraphernalia

If you don’t already know, DEA stands for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.  According to the DEA’s mission statement, the DEA is responsible for enforcing controlled substance laws and is shouldered with the responsibility of bringing growers, manufacturers, and distributors of controlled substances to justice.

Unfortunately, in doing so, the DEA and the United States government as a whole has created an incarceration system that has restricted and abolished rights for a large number of Americans. Americans’ want and/or need to use drugs has been greatly underestimated, resulting in a mass incarceration of people in need of help.

The United States’ Drug Enforcement Agency has been under fire for years as a result of unwanted effects from the Drug War, but is it fair to blame the DEA? While some say yes, others say no, and both sides have valid points.

How DEA Enforcement Works

It is important to note that the DEA does not create the laws pertaining to drugs, they simply enforce the laws that have been put in place by the Federal Government under the U.S. Department of Justice.  Their main purpose is to enforce the Controlled Substances Act within the United States (with concurrent jurisdiction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation).  The DEA is also responsible for United States drug investigations abroad.

Accomplishments

Admittedly, there are not a lot of accomplishments to be found highlighting the positive contributions of the DEA to American society. However, there have been numerous high-profile drug busts over the years that have resulted in the loss of billions of dollars collectively to drug cartels and illegal drug operations.

DEA agents have given their lives in the pursuit of a drug-free America. While this may seem unrealistic today, there was a time that many Americans felt illegal drugs could be irradiated through harsh penalties and laws. Those brave men and women fought to uphold laws that our society created, and they have been doing a commendable, if not great, job. Problem is, these laws have been proven to be largely ineffective.

Criticisms

While there are some instances where individual DEA agents’ actions and their motives have been called into question, these instances are, for the most part, few and far between. Some DEA agents have been accused of horrific deeds, but their actions should be considered unusual.

The biggest and most important criticisms pertaining to the DEA as a whole (not individual “bad seeds”) include the distribution of misleading information designed to further push the Drug War agenda, failures to hold irresponsible and negligent DEA agents accountable, and an unwillingness to reconsider policies and push agendas that are in line with current scientific evidence.

How You Can Help

While it may be difficult to do, laws are changed when American citizens band together to push policy makers into creating new legislation. To be a part of the solution, you’ll need to get involved.

By calling your federal legislators and getting in touch with Congress, you’ll be doing your part to let those in power know that your vote is largely influenced by how policymakers are planning to change drug enforcement laws to better help those in need.

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