Persuasive Essay On The War On Drugs

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There is little doubt that drug use is rampant in the United States and shows no sign of slowing down. In a recent 2014 trend study, an estimated 10.2 percent of Americans had used some form of illicit drugs, or illegal drugs in the past 30 days. Drug use affects millions of lives, causing harm to the users, their families and other people around them. This is a clear problem so the U.S. government introduced the war on drugs. In 1971 the United States President Richard Nixon proclaimed drugs as “America’s public enemy number one” thus declaring the war on drugs. The war on drugs is the campaign against illicit drug trade with the ultimate goal of lowering the consumption of drugs in America. After 40 years of the war on drugs, it’s proven…show more content…
The conventional war on drugs campaign are hurting communities that uses drugs by marginalizing and bankrupting them, causing social tension. By pointing out the failures of this campaign this paper will explain how alternatives can lead to a more successful…show more content…
Thus, war on drugs isn’t making any improvement, they are adding more crime to the equation. It is simply forcing those involved in crime to do so in an organized manner while society remains unnecessarily impoverished. The war on drugs is not taking into account the ways in which drug punishments are causing more social harm every day. Dealing and/or doing drugs is a way criminals cope when feeling isolation and alienation. It is imperative that the War on Drugs policies focus on how to reduce economic harm, and not cause it. The taxpayers of lose their massive amounts of money that are going into an operation that is destined for failure. The winners of the war on drugs are those involved in these victimless crimes (where no one is intentionally injured). Criminal enterprises are arranged in an organized manner with a structure devoted primarily to making money through illegal

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