DEALogo DRCNet Response to the
Drug Enforcement Administration
Get It Straight!


Your life is important to us. That's why this book was written. If we can prevent just one young person from having a drug problem, then we've done our job. We've often told people that a combination of law enforcement, education, and community and family involvement is the way to turn this drug problem around.

Take what you've learned in this book and share it with your friends, teachers, and families. Share the facts with everyone you know. Together we can make a difference.



This book could not have been written if it weren't for the following people and organizations:

Shirley Armstead, DEA Special Agent
Michael Giniger, Gateway Foundation
Naomi Morse, Montgomery County, MD Libraries
Barb Giniger Cooper, Consultant
Patricia Thandi Hicks-Harper, Thandi's Place Productions
Nancy Rea, Montgomery County, MD Drawing the Line on Underage Drinking
Linda Fisher and Jose Oromi, DC Community Prevention Partnership
Lucy F. Simms School, Harrisonburg, VA
Larry Rodgers, Harrisonburg Housing Authority
Billo Mahmood Harper, Billo Communications
Tony Chiarizia, who started it all
Robbie Callaway, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Stan Cooper
Corporate Visions, Inc., Washington, DC


Talking to people at the DEA was cool. We learned that there are four types of jobs that people do there. These are:

  1. Special Agents who are on the front lines, doing the investigating, arresting criminals, and educating people.
  2. Diversion Investigators who keep the legal drug industry, doctors, and pharmacists on track, making sure that they follow the federal drug laws.
  3. Chemists who analyze the drugs that are taken in drug raids by the Special Agents.
  4. Intelligence Research Specialists who are kind of like detectives. They use the computer to connect people with their illegal drug activities. They also study drug trends in terms of who is using them and what is being used.

Working for the United States Government seems pretty cool to me. But to work for an agency like DEA, you need to be drug free.

"I am a DEA Special Agent. I couldn't be where I am if I had used drugs. If you get that education and if you stay drug-free, you can make inroads too. If I can do it, so can you!"

Shirley Armstead

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