Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act

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Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act
Great Seal of the United States
Other short titles
  • Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act of 1988
  • Alcohol and Drug Traffic Safety Act of 1988
  • Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988
  • Asset Forfeiture Amendments Act of 1988
  • Bureau of Land Management Drug Enforcement Supplemental Authority Act
  • Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1988
  • Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Amendments Act of 1988
  • Drug-Free Public Housing Act of 1988
  • Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988
  • Drunk Driving Prevention Act of 1988
  • Federal Aviation Administration Drug Enforcement Assistance Act of 1988
  • Insular Areas Drug Abuse Amendments of 1988
  • International Narcotics Control Act of 1988
  • Justice Department Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Enhancement Act of 1988
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Amendments of 1988
  • Minor and Technical Criminal Law Amendments Act of 1988
  • Money Laundering Prosecution Improvements Act of 1988
  • National Commission on Measured Responses to Achieve a Drug-Free America by 1995 Authorization Act
  • National Narcotics Leadership Act of 1988
  • Native Hawaiian Health Care Act of 1988
  • Public Housing Drug Elimination Act of 1988
  • Truck and Bus Safety and Regulatory Reform Act of 1988
  • Uniform Federal Crime Reporting Act of 1988
  • Urgent Supplemental Appropriations Act of 1989
Long title An Act to prevent the manufacturing, distribution, and use of illegal drugs, and for other purposes.
Acronyms (colloquial) CDTA, ADAAA
Nicknames Anti-Drug Abuse Amendments Act of 1988
Enacted by the 100th United States Congress
Effective November 18, 1988
Citations
Public Law 100-690
Statutes at Large 102 Stat. 4181 aka 102 Stat. 4312
Codification
Titles amended 21 U.S.C.: Food and Drugs
U.S.C. sections created
Legislative history

The Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act of 1988 was an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act to regulate precursor chemicals, essential chemicals, tableting machines, and encapsulating machines by imposing record keeping and import/export reporting requirements on transactions involving these materials. Prior to these restrictions being put in place, the U.S. had been the primary source of chemicals used in South American cocaine manufacture. According to the DEA, the Act sharply reduced these precursor exports and cocaine manufacturers responded by purchasing from chemical suppliers outside the U.S. The U.S. in turn successfully lobbied for inclusion of chemical controls in the 1988 United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, which included two Tables of controlled precursors.

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