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(DEA)

The US government agency that aims to control the problems associated with drug dependency and addiction. The name of the agency implies a coercive and punitive approach, and its methods are mainly based on the premise that these are criminal activities, rather than illnesses requiring treatment and prevention. The DEA devotes very little of its budget or professional expertise to medical, social, and public health aspects, including prevention and treatment of drug abuse. See http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/.

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