Anne Milgram, Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration

Anne Milgram

Administrator, Drug Enforcement Administration

Anne Melissa Milgram was born in December 1970 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. She was a congressional page while attending high school. She earned an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Philosophy from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and received a Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law. She clerked at the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. 

Milgram was an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. She worked in the Criminal Section of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was a special litigation counsel. She became the Acting Attorney General for New Jersey and later served four years as the state’s Attorney General. She worked with analytics and technology for the Arnold Foundation and later was a legal consultant on the television series Law & Order Special Victims Unit. 

President Joe Biden nominated Milgram to be the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. She was confirmed by the Senate and assumed her office in June 2021. 

She is married and has one son. 

In the News…

Enough fentanyl pills to kill half the population in the state of Arizona was seized last week by Drug Enforcement and Scottsdale Police. Just two milligrams of the drug can be fatal, officials said. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is linking a spike in fentanyl-related overdose deaths to criminal drug networks in Mexico. 

“The amount of fentanyl that the DEA and our law enforcement partners have seized this year is enough to kill every single American,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. 

From late September through December 14, the agency targeted those Mexican drug networks during a public safety surge in which they confiscated more than 1,500 pounds of fentanyl, and more than 8 million fake prescription pills, many of which were sold through social media apps. “They have turned our smart phones into a one-click stop to market, to sell and to deliver deadly drugs,” Administrator Milgram said. 

The DEA has launched the “One Pill Can Kill” campaign, to let the public know about the dangers of fake prescription pills. “Know the dangers and the accessibility of deadly drugs online,” Administrator Milgram said. “Never take medicine that wasn’t prescribed personally to you and filled by a licensed pharmacist. Spread the word that one pill can kill.” 

The flow of fentanyl into the U.S. is diverse and complicated, a DEA intelligence report says. “While Mexico and China are the primary source countries for fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked directly not the United States, India is emerging as a source for finished fentanyl provider and fentanyl precursor chemicals.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Administrator Milgram today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Anne Milgram, Administrator 
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency 
800 K Street NW 
Washington, DC 20001 


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