Recognizing Drug Paraphernalia

The federal government explains that the term drug paraphernalia refers to any equipment and/ or accessory that is used for making, concealing, and/ or consuming illicit drugs. The types of drug paraphernalia present will vary as different accouterments are used with different substances. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) enforces the Controlled Substance Act, which states that it is illegal, on the federal level, to sell drug paraphernalia, to mail or “any other facility of interstate commerce to transport drug paraphernalia” and/ or to export or import drug paraphernalia. There are many types of illegal substances available in America, and while there may be some overlap, each substance utilizes specific kinds of paraphernalia.

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