The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal law enforcement agency responsible for enforcing the laws and regulations governing the manufacture, distribution, and use of controlled substances in the United States. The DEA was established in 1973, and its agency head is known as the Administrator of the DEA.
The DEA's primary mission is to Reduce the Availability of Drugs in the United States. In order to achieve this, the DEA works to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations through investigations, intelligence, and interdiction. The DEA also works to educate the public about the dangers of drug abuse and its consequences.