“[The war on drugs] has created a multibillion-dollar black market, enriched organized crime groups and promoted the corruption of government officials throughout the world,” noted Eric Schlosser in his essay, “A People’s Democratic Platform”, which presents a case for decriminalizing controlled substances. Government policies regarding drugs are more focused towards illegalization rather than revitalization. Schlosser identifies a few of the crippling side effects of the current drug policy put in place by the Richard Nixon administration in the 1970s to prohibit drug use and the violence and destruction that ensue from it (Schlosser 3). Ironically, not only is drug use as prevalent as ever, drug-related crime has also become a staple of our society. In fact, the policy of the criminalization of drugs has fostered a steady increase in crime over the past several decades. This research will aim to critically analyze the impact of government statutes regarding drugs on the society as a whole.
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Every 19 seconds there is a drug arrest in the United States. (Drug War Statistics) On July 17th, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs. Drug abuse, according to the president, was "public enemy number one". Now, a little more than four decades later the U.S. has the largest incarceration rate in the world, with 51% of those in jail for non-violent drug offenses. The U.S. now spends $51,000,000,000 annually enforcing drug laws, and yet drug addiction rates have remained constant since the 1970’s with about 1.3% of the population being addicted to drugs (Groff). Prohibition does not work. It did not work in the 1930’s with alcohol and it does not work with illegal drugs now. It is extremely expensive and fails to reduce drug use and addiction. It is ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst.
The modern Drug War’s roots can be dated back to US anti-imperialist sentiments against the British since the 19th century. More recent incarnations of these sentiments are figures such as Richard Nixon, Harry Anslinger, and George Bush. Drugs such as ...
Although president Nixon is thought to be the first initiator of the War on Drugs in America, to many scholars, the amount of damages that are caused by the drug war can be traced to President Reagan’s administration. President Reagan has officially announced the current drug war in 1982. At the time of his announcement, less than 2 % of American public viewed drugs as the most important issues facing this Country (Alexander, 49). But this fact was no disincentive for Reagan, for the drug war from the start had little to do with public concern about drugs and much to do with public concern about race. The Reagan’s administration has gone about a slightly different way of combating drugs than Nixon, waging war on a specific drugs called -- crack
The War on Drugs has played a significant role in the mass incarceration seen today. The War on Drugs refers to heightened law enforcement activity and harsher punishments in order to eliminate illegal drug use. It started in the 1970’s when President Richard Nixon proclaimed that “public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse,” and “to fight and defeat this enemy is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.” Since then the number of people admitted to prison for drug related crimes has risen about 1000 percent (politifact.com). “Most Americans can now agree that the war on drugs was not an effective approach to either addressing drug related crime, and that its policies worsened racial disparities in incarceration (Nellis).”
The drug problem that overtook the United States was not just your average run of the mill small time street hustling drugs. The problem was much larger, with several contributing factors. During the 70s, at the beginning of the war on drugs, there
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The war on drugs was created by the conservatives in the 70s, to have a justifiable reason to persecute black and brown communities with political power. The original “War on Drugs” was the one started by president Richard Nixon in 1971, where he became the first political figure to use the term, and also declared narcotics “Public enemy #1”. With modern knowledge of the Nixon administration it is important to look at his word choice
The issue of illegal usage of drugs has been prominent in the United States for decades, and a modern movement has erupted to fight the use of these vices, named The War on Drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration, informally the DEA, is the lead federal agency on the War on Drugs. Since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, it has been a huge battle for the United States against the production, vending, and usage of narcotics (Drug Enforcement EDU).
In this paper I will evaluate America's War on Drugs. More specifically, I will outline our nation's general drug history and look critically at how Congress has influenced our current ineffective drug policy. Through this analysis I hope to show that drug prohibition policies in the United States, for the most part, have failed. Additionally, I will highlight and evaluate the influences acting on individual legislators' decisions to continue support for these ineffective policies as a more general demonstration of Congress' role in the formation of our nation's drug policy strategy. Finally, I will conclude this analysis by outlining the changes I feel necessary for future progress to be made. Primary among these changes are a general promotion of drug education and the elimination of our current system's many de-legitimating hypocrisies.
Whenever we think of war we think of all the casualties lost at home and overseas. We think of the courageous men and women who leave their children and families at home and fight so that each day we have the freedom that so many of us take for granted. Throughout history we have had our fair share of wars and have lived through the repercussions in the form of policies afterwards. Each war has held its importance in our American history and has shaped the lives of many individuals. However, there’s one war that no one really discusses: the war on drugs.
Along with the threat of terrorism is the threat of illegal drugs. “The consumers of illegal drugs often commit crimes to support their habits” (Cooper) and this must be seceded in the United States. Not only are the illegal drugs that pour into America bad for health but “Federal spending to combat drugs has increased from $1.5 billion in 1981 to $12 billion in 1992” (Cooper). Drugs
Since the reign of Nixon in the presidential office the drug war practices have led to the conviction of millions of Americans – excessively poor people and people of color – while this drug war is continually failing in the reduction of drug use and drug related disease and overdose. The major problem with the war on drugs is the way authorities – like government officials – are handling the situations brought upon through the drug war. A solution to the war on drugs would be to create safer way to help drug users across America.