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  • A New Look at Old and Not So Old Drugs: A 2018 Update on CocaineA New Look at Old and Not So Old Drugs: A 2018 Update on Cocaine

    On  February 21, 2018 from 1-2:30 p.m. EST, the DEA Museum will host a new lecture called "A New Look at Old and Not So Old Drugs: A 2018 Update on Cocaine." The program will be at DEA Headquarters and is open to the public. Webcasting will be available for those outside of the area.

  • National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is January 22-28, 2018National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week is January 22-28, 2018

    National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW), January 22-28, 2018 is a national health observance for teens to promote local events that uses the scientific facts from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol.

  • Ways to Celebrate Red Ribbon WeekWays to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

    Red Ribbon Week is here! Is your school or organization still thinking of ways to celebrate? Check back on this page all week long for quick, creative and fun ideas!  And don't forget to look at our main Red Ribbon Week page for history, videos and more about the celebration.

  • Photos: Girl and Boy Scouts Celebrate Red Ribbon WeekPhotos: Girl and Boy Scouts Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

    To earn a Red Ribbon Patch from the DEA, Boy and Girl Scouts across the nation participate in various anti-drug activities -- that could include parades, door decorating and more -- during Red Ribbon Week. See photos.

  • Watch DEA National Red Ribbon RallyWatch DEA National Red Ribbon Rally

    Watch a replay of the DEA Red Ribbon Rally that took place October 17, 2017.

  • Five Facts about Red Ribbon WeekFive Facts about Red Ribbon Week

    Are you new to celebrating Red Ribbon Week? For the newbies, or those who are just curious, here are a few quick facts about Red Ribbon Week to get you started!

  • Red Ribbon Week QuizRed Ribbon Week Quiz

    How much do you know about Red Ribbon Week? Test your knowledge below.

  • Who Was Enrique “Kiki” Camarena?Who Was Enrique “Kiki” Camarena?

    Who is the man that inspired Red Ribbon Week? Check out the timeline below to learn more about the life of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena.

  • Red Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA ContestRed Ribbon Week Campus Video PSA Contest

    DEA and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are co-sponsoring a Campus Video PSA Contest for colleges and universities to promote the importance of preventing alcohol abuse and the non-medical use of prescription stimulants among college students.

  • Video: Red Ribbon Patch ProgramVideo: Red Ribbon Patch Program

    Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts! Watch this video on how to earn the Red Ribbon Patch.

  • Operation Prevention Operation Prevention

    To combat America’s rapidly growing opioid and heroin epidemic, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have launched a new joint nationwide education initiative called “Operation Prevention.”

  • Operation Prevention Virtual Field TripOperation Prevention Virtual Field Trip

    Register for a LIVE virtual field trip to a community greatly impacted by opioid addiction on October 25, 2017 at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific.

  • Red Ribbon Video ContestRed Ribbon Video Contest

    Eligible entrants can create and submit a 30- to 60-second video PSA showcasing the underlying message behind Red Ribbon Week.

  • National Take Back Day is October 28National Take Back Day is October 28

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be October 28, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. 

  • Get Involved in a Community Anti-Drug Coalition Get Involved in a Community Anti-Drug Coalition

    We are all concerned about substance abuse issues facing our youth and can work for drug-free neighborhoods and promote drug prevention activities. Many towns and cities have community anti-drug coalitions that tackle both drug and alcohol issues.

  • DEA Red Ribbon Week Patch ProgramDEA Red Ribbon Week Patch Program

    The DEA Red Ribbon Patch Program is designed to provide Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts the opportunity to earn a patch from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) by engaging in anti-drug activities in celebration of Red Ribbon Week. The purpose of the Patch Program is to empower young people to engage in a drug-free activity and strengthen their anti-drug beliefs.

  • Living Drug Free: Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31Living Drug Free: Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31

    RED RIBBON WEEK, which is celebrated annually October 23-31, is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. 

  • DEA Museum and Visitors' CenterDEA Museum and Visitors' Center

    The Drug Enforcement Agency Museum's mission is to educate on the history of drugs, drug addiction, and drug law enforcement in the United States.

  • Video: Red Ribbon WeekVideo: Red Ribbon Week

    Red Ribbon Week empowers parents to start a conversation, and make a pledge that encourages our kids to live drug free and helps them to succeed.

  • Who We Are

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the only federal agency with a single mission dedicated to drug law enforcement. With unique operational and intelligence capabilities, DEA staff identify, investigate, disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations, remove drugs and violent criminals from communities, and fight the diversion of illegal drugs.

Featured Articles

  • Long-term drug use causes brain changes that can set people up for addiction and other problems.
  • Teens are known to have mood swings. However, some behavior may indicate more serious issues, such as abuse of drugs and alcohol. Here are some of the warning signs of drug use.
  • The teen years are often a time to explore and learn more about themselves as they approach adulthood. Often, this involves experimenting and testing their boundaries. The desire to do something new or risky is a normal part of teen development.