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To support the detection, interdiction, disruption, and curtailment of drug trafficking activities through the application of military unique skills and resources.


A safe secure homeland free from Transnational Organized Crime, drug related activities and other threats to national security. 

The opioid epidemic is wreaking havoc across the United States of America. In 2021, the opioid epidemic cost the United States of America nearly $ 1.5 trillion and over 107,000 people died from overdose. This is projected to increase given the growing availability of illicit fentanyl. Last year alone, more than fifty million fentanyl laced, fake prescription pills were seized. This crisis must end and to do so will require all sectors to play a role.

Since 1989, the National Guard has been combating the crisis in every state, territory, District of Columbia, and zip code through the National Guard Counterdrug Program. This program provides trained military professionals to work alongside with law enforcement agencies and community based organizations to help get illegal drugs off the streets.

In 2023, the program supported the seizure of the following:

$222,373,992 in Illicit U.S. Currency

$14,963,260 in Property

95,446 kg of Marijuana

135,936 kg of Cocaine

76,923 kg of Methamphetamines

29,372 kg of Heroin

13,799 kg of Synthetic Opioids


The National Guard is a true force multiplier. Each Counterdrug Program analyst supports 10-15 agents already on the ground. Additionally, there are five Counterdrug Program regional schools which trains an average of 68,000 active law enforcement officers per year on region specific threats and proven techniques from the field.

The fentanyl crisis is drastically increasing, and the Counterdrug Program funding has remained stagnant since the early 1990s at roughly $200M annually. Between the much-needed salary increases and cost of living inflation, the Counterdrug Program can potentially do more in this proven enduring initiative with amplified resources to reduce the illegal drug use, misuse, and related deaths to include considerably diminishing the availability of the heroin and fentanyl within our communities.


"New York National Counterdrug Task Force Wins Program of the Year"

The New York National Guard’s Counterdrug Demand Reduction Program, has been named program of the year for 2023 by National Guard Bureau.

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"California seized over 62,000 pounds of fentanyl in 2023, National Guard reports"

The California National Guard made record-breaking seizures of over 62,000 pounds of fentanyl in the state in 2023, a 1,066% increase since the 5,300 pounds seized in 2021, the National Guard reports.

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"Popular Counterdrug Program Seeks More Funds"

The National Guard Counterdrug Program could help get more illegal drugs off the street if it had more resources, according to the National Guard Counterdrug Advisory Council.

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"The National Guard Counterdrug Program"

The opioid epidemic is wreaking havoc across the United States.

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"Rep. Levin, Ranking Member Takano Introduce Bipartisan Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act"

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Levin (CA-49) has reintroduced the Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act...

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