Daily, police officers face ruthless dealers, who would rather shoot at a cop than spend 25 years in prison. On top of all that, there has been no real proof of a decline in drug use among people in America. Is this “war” really the best answer to America’s widespread drug problem? Should the government be allowed to spend billions annually fighting this hopeless war? Looking at this information you begin to realize that, not only does this “war” affect every person in the U.S., but it is also a war with no winners.
Who knows? The name “War on Drugs” was a campaign initiated by Richard Nixon in 1971, to battle the increasing problems drugs that were affecting the national public in the United States. This campaign included prohibition, distribution and consumption of illegal drug use and was declared as “public enemy number one”. Resources from the federal government were used for the prevention of drug addicts and for their rehabilitation. The United States wanted to reduce the drug trafficking through federal policies; however, the drug wars continue to be a problem.
Another intention for the war on drugs was to show individuals taking part in this illegal activity that their participation would cause serious consequences. The government has taken drastic measures to keep drugs out of our nations streets, from attacking the frontline in The Columbian drug fields, to making numerous drug busts in urban cities across the United States. However, these harsh but well- intentioned laws have been accused of infringing on America?s freedom. Some believe the people have a natural right to use drugs if they perfectly well chose to do so. Although the war on drugs has been going on for many years, drugs still remain a big problem in the lives of many Americans.
“[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”, in which he presents a case for decriminalizing controlled substances. 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. Ironically, not only is drug use as prevalent as ever, drug-related crime has also become a staple of our society. In fact, this essay argues that the current policy of the criminalization of drugs has fostered a steady increase in crime over the past several decades. Controlled substances come with a higher price tag, which means drug addicts need to pay more for drugs.
The decline of alcohol consumption was partly an illusion due to the fact that it sharply increased by the penultimate years of Prohibition, suggested that the demand of alcohol was so strong, which led to the rise of organised crime, such as bootlegging, speakeasies and criminal gangs. Ultimately, Prohibition was not a healthy move because many people decided to turn to more dangerous substitutes such as heroin, hashish and cannabis. This had serious health consequences, such as addiction and shortened life expectancy. Due to the immense geographical size of America, prohibition was difficult to enforce, which also led to corruption. The limited number of underpaid police officers were usually bribed by illegal establishments to remain silent.
This was the beginning of up coming events in history that lead to protests and also very famous summits done by family members of people in prison under the unfair ruling, friends and supports of those against the harsh laws to keep drugs off the streets. The purpose of the laws was to provide protection and isolation from people who were not yet involved with the drug epidemic. Also, it provided peace of mind for politicians that wanted to get the drug dealers off the streets permanently. For New York the drug war had just begun. Many people were for the new laws; they saw drug dealing as if it were just like murder because the death rate from narcotics at the time was increasingly high and the danger of the drugs being on the streets was worse.
"Cocaine, particularly in the form of crack, has gained such a reputation in recent years, just as heroin did in t... ... middle of paper ... ... of the drug dealing business because they can't control things on the street anymore with the drugs. He would have to go the legal way and try to make himself a respectable business person or lose all of his business. The bottom line is, if drugs are legalized it would stop a lot of crime and stimulate the economy. Drugs are bad, but wouldn't it be better to stop the criminal activity than let all of the crime go unchecked. The drug trafficking these days is getting to be ridiculous and something must be done to stop the rage of drug use and crime in our societies today.
Reefers Dangerous illegal drugs have plagued American citizens and their youth for as long as the country has been in existence. These harmful drugs are not only responsible for countless amounts of deaths, but the corruption of the American society in general. All too many times have these drugs been blamed for insanity, racism, rebellion, and straight up violence. Today the government is spending approximately $19.179 billion in one year to combat these evils (Gifford). Unfortunately, even with all of this effort going in to stop illegal drug use, the “War on Drugs” is yet to produce almost any positive results.
In the past fifty years, the War on Drugs has shifted its focus of ensuring well-being of our nation towards the mass imprisonment of drug users. Along the way, there has been an abundance of issues and criticisms that comes with the War on Drugs. The American Governments’ War on Drugs is a preposterously ineffective method in preventing drug use, and should be replaced based on its deep impact on our society, our economy, and the hypocrisy behind the war itself. An inconsistency with evaluating the War on Drugs is that its success is largely measured by the number of arrests made, though it’s had a much more detrimental effect on our society. Consider this, the main purpose in in having an anti-drug campaign is to keep our citizens safe,
Ten years later marijuana and ampoule began to be cultivated as a result of low employment opportunities in Chihuahua and Sonora. Then arose the 1960's and 1970's. Although the United States had drug restrictions by law, the demand rose for marijuana and heroin rose dramatically. Therefore drug cartels were able to make more money than ever because not only had the dem... ... middle of paper ... ...ruption could come to an end but it has actually increased corruption while also increasing violence because the cartels simply want to be left alone and so they terrorize the innocent to provoke the Mexican government into leaving them alone and now really the Mexican government has stepped back a bit because "More than 60000 people have died." and that was only in 2006.