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How Successful Is The War On Drugs?

- The war on drugs has maintained an accumulation of prohibitions on illegal drugs and mandatory minimum sentencing strategies for drug offenders. Incarceration rates have also increased due to the increase of laws against illegal drugs. In Eugene Jarecki’s film, The House I Live In, Jarecki states that the penalties for crack users were harsher than penalties for regular cocaine users. This suggests that penalties are more of a double standard theory. The “War on Drugs” is more of a failure that places restrictions and prohibitions on drug offenders and has not necessarily shown a sense of equal stability; thus, leading to faulty sentences, misinterpretations of the real purpose of this initi...   [tags: Illegal Drugs, War on Drugs]

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The War on Drugs

- Throughout U.S governmental history, policies have been known to affect the way of life and every aspect. The topic it choose to research is about “The War on Drugs”, the impact policies have on society and if it does help the public or tend to extent social inequality. This topic is very important to me in the sense that, I look at the community I live and see how drugs have affected people lifes, broken up families and also destroyed the community itself. I wanted to know if the “war on drugs” stop our neighborhood from being flooded with drugs or it just over shadow the real problems that needs to be tackled....   [tags: War on Drugs Essays]

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The War on Drugs is Failing

- The War on Drugs is Failing “Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance… for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and make a crime out of things that are not a crime. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principle upon which our government was founded” Abraham Lincoln On January 16, 1920 the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified by thirty-six states and became part of the Constitution. The intention of this new amendment was to lower alcohol consumption by Americans....   [tags: George Bush's War on Drugs]

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The War on Drugs

- Despite an estimated $1 trillion spent by the United States on the “War on Drugs”, statistics from the US Department of Justice (2010) has confirmed that the usage of drugs has not changed over the past 10 years. Approximately $350 billion is spent per year on the “war on drugs”, only $7 billion is spent on prevention programs by the federal government. The war on drugs is more heavily focused on how to fight crime, instead of how to prevent it. Crime prevention methods may not be immediate, but it is the most efficient and effective long-term....   [tags: Drugs, argumentative, persuasive]

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The War On Drugs

- The “War on Drugs” is the name given to the battle of prohibition that the United States has been fighting for over forty years. And it has been America’s longest war. The “war” was officially declared by President Richard Nixon in the 1970’s due to the abuse of illegitimate drugs. Nixon claimed it as “public enemy number one” and enacted laws to fight the importation of narcotics. The United States’ War on Drugs began in response to cocaine trafficking in the late 1980’s. As the war continues to go on, winning it hardly seems feasible....   [tags: Drugs, argumentative, persuasive]

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The War on Drugs

- The War on Drugs The world has many different issues, and without them the world would be a perfect place. An issue that causes a lot of controversy is drug abuse. Though the world can never be a perfect place, humans still need to do our best to make in inhabitable as possible, and drugs cause a lot of harm towards humans. Therefore, it is my belief that the first thing that needs to be fixed should be drugs and their abuse. Many possible solutions to this problem exist. Drugs come from a wide variety of different places....   [tags: Drug Abuse, Illegal Drugs, Plants, Chemicals]

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The Market for Illegal Drugs and The War on Drugs

- In 2009, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while on a state visit to Mexico said something no other political figure had been courageous enough to admit at that point – that the war on drug is a failure. In her own words, she said: “Clearly, what we have been doing has not worked… our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade and our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these [Cartels] criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.” Taking a closer look at the economic forces that have been driving the supply end of this business as well as evaluating the economic costs of the war will give us a b...   [tags: economic costs of drug prohibition]

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America's War on Drugs

- Throughout history, Americans have fought many enemies that threaten the safety of our great Nation and provided aid and resources to our partnering countries in their time of despair. However, the consequences were substantial, countless brave men and women lost their lives defending the freedom of Americans. Today American’s fight a different kind of war; it is a war without a clear enemy or end in sight. Today, America fights a War on Drugs. In the early 1970s, the War on Drugs was still relatively new and drug smuggling continued, going virtually unimpeded through the U.S....   [tags: Illicit Drugs]

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History of the War on Drugs

- ... This treaty would allow the U.S to extradite the cartel traffickers for a trial in the U.S. This caused Pablo to attack the government and this ultimately caused the Medellin cartel’s downfall. In the early 1990’s the cartel’s leaders were apprehended and the leader Pablo Escobar was killed in a firefight after having to run for his life. (PBS2). The Cali Cartel was an established in 1972 and prospered until 1992. After the downfall of the Medellin Cartel the Cali Cartel quickly filled their shoes becoming the most powerful cartel....   [tags: America's need for drugs]

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The War on Drugs

- The war on drugs began in the United States in 1971 when President Richard Nixon declared war. President Nixon increased the number of federal drug control agencies, increased mandatory sentences for drug offenders, and utilized no-knock warrants in attempt to get the problem under control. It has been over forty years since President Nixon declared a war on drugs. Did America win the war on drugs. Is it time to legalize illicit drugs in this country. What are other countries doing in reference to drugs....   [tags: United States, Richard Nixon, war]

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The War on Drugs: Is It Working?

- Logic is defined as a proper or reasonable way of thinking about or understanding something (Merriam-Webster).Many times people find themselves being involved in arguments with friends and even coworkers.It happens everyday.Without arguments our society would not be so highly advanced. The legalization of marijuana has been a controversial topic for many years in the United States.Myths about marijuana have been become endless and many people don't realize that almost all of them are false. Throughout the years, people have been made believe that marijuana not only affects our bodies but also our minds.When growing up California I was told with great seriousness that any kind of drugs were u...   [tags: legalization of marijuana and other drugs]

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`` War On Drugs ``

- It seems that numerous Doctors who are part of the problem have shown a minor propensity to decipher this so-called “war on drugs”. Shamefully, a portion had been reluctant at examining online registries to find out if patients are doctor shopping for multiple prescriptions. Therefore “Law enforcement officials lament the percentage of doctors who over-prescribe, a number of them criminally, and the easy availability of pills from unscrupulous online sources” (Dahl 19). On the contrary, assume that Pharmaceutical companies who give these licensed Doctors different types of pills and Doctors before long prescribe these patient’s prescriptions, such as Oxycodone, Percocet, and Vicodin, etc....   [tags: Drug, Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction]

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`` War On Drugs ``

- There are numerous Doctors who are part of the problem have shown a minor propensity to decipher this so-called “war on drugs”. Shamefully, a portion had been reluctant at examining online registries to find out if patients are doctor shopping for multiple prescriptions. Therefore “Law enforcement officials lament the percentage of doctors who over-prescribe, a number of them criminally, and the easy availability of pills from unscrupulous online sources” (Dahl 19). On the contrary, assume that Pharmaceutical companies who gives these licensed Doctors different types of pills and Doctors before long prescribe these patient’s prescriptions, such as Oxycodone, Percocet, and Vicodin, etc....   [tags: Drug, Drug addiction, Morphine, Heroin]

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Film Review : End The Drugs War

- When watching Russell Brand’s 2014 BBC documentary, entitled End the Drugs War, I found it to be very interesting and informative. I liked how they showed real stories and gave us a real worldview of what is going on in other countries such as Britain overall. I felt this documentary was very powerful and showed viewers how being an addict or a user is debilitating and how this is an illness. This illness obviously leads to many criminal/dangerous acts and by showing this connection of how and why it helps us to understand what these individuals are going through....   [tags: Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin, Addiction]

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Mexican/Latin American “War” on Drugs and Trafficking

- The international drug trade from Latin American states is having an impact on a global scale. The trafficking of drugs along with corruptness and murder is an international conflict that is being fought daily. There are many aspects of the drug war from Mexico and other Latin American states which have effects on United States policy as well as policies from other countries that participate in the global suppression of illegal drugs. It can be hard to differentiate between conflict and issue in regards to Latin America’s drug war and International Relations....   [tags: Drugs, Politics]

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The War On Drugs, Mexico And The U.s.

- Interrelationships can be seen throughout history, these relationships have played vital roles in various historical outcomes. Inside the War on Drugs, Mexico and the U.S. have deeply intertwined histories that play a crucial part within the war. Since the middle of the 20th century, events within the drug war that occurred in the U.S. had an effect on Mexico and vice versa. These two countries have influenced each other for years and have played key roles in how the War on Drugs has become what it is today....   [tags: Mexican Drug War, Illegal drug trade, Mexico]

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The War on Drugs

- There are some that would argue that the war on drugs was blind justice. Others would say that the war on drugs is a war against the minority males. Then again, others would say the war on drugs is a war against women. This last argument, is not as often discussed as it is prevalent in the statistics researchers discover in studies on the war on drugs. Some of what many would view as the positive outcomes of a necessary policy, others would recognize as a distraction from the disparities and the biases lying beneath the surface....   [tags: Drug Abuse]

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The War on Drugs

- For several years the United States of America has been struggling with the problem of drug addiction of its citizens. This has led the federal government to take measures to restrain the problem of addiction in the United States. However, after observing these measures, such as the ‘War on Drugs’ and its consequences, scholars now question the effectiveness of the drug policy implemented. Some scholars even argue that the War on Drugs has been more harmful to American citizens than helpful. Also, scholars claim that the drug policy has had severe consequences in the foreign countries the policy has been targeting....   [tags: United States, Colombia, drug policy]

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The War On Drugs

- The House I Live In The system that we currently have for U.S. drug policy is failing us. From the perspective of helping to solve our nations issue with drugs, the “War on Drugs” has failed. In this system we treat people with addiction like criminals. This treatment perpetuates the cycle of drug use and poverty and is causing this house that we live in to cave in all around us. As this house falls apart it proceeds to take down large numbers of non-violent “criminals” with it. Most of these people who are being arrested and sentenced to mandatory minimum prison sentences regardless of the situation for non-violent crimes such as selling drugs are largely minorities....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Prohibition, Crime, Prison]

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The War on Drugs

- There was no intention of war in the beginning. The impoverished people of Mexico started out selling drugs, specifically marijuana as well as ampoule for truly noble reasons. It was out of need that drug trafficking began in Mexico. For example "In the 1950's the crises in the mine industry in the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora compelled some workers to cultivate..." since employment was low. Since then drug trafficking has changed in many ways. Now the drug lords and the Mexican government are at war, now the people of Mexico are divided between supporting the drug cartels or supporting government action against them....   [tags: substance abuse and commerce]

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The War on Drugs

- ... They have other benefits than just helping boost the economy. If we put in the time and effort we could find ways for it to help cure aliments and diseases. We already know that marijuana can help with pain and other things besides just recreational uses. We also run the possibility that drugs will lose their appeal once they are legal. When you tell someone that drugs are bad or that what they are doing is wrong that makes the act that much more appealing to them and they will try whatever they have to in order to do what they want....   [tags: Prohibition and current laws don't work]

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The War on Drugs

- States are under a burden that seems to be growing out of control. Since “the war on drugs” the prison population has increased exponentially, and the states are trying to keep up with the burden of housing, feeding, and giving medical treatment to prisoners. The state’s financial burden in becoming great and the government is starting to look at treatment measures that could save money. Substance abuse is an overwhelming factor in crime, for example 50% of homicides involve drugs and alcohol. (Parks, G., Marlatt, A....   [tags: social reform, legal reform, social issues]

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War on Drugs

-      Throughout history drugs have been nothing but a social problem, a burden per say. From Edgar Allen Poe smoking opium in an attempt to make his poetry more creative, to Vietnam soldiers coming back from the war addicted to heroin. Narcotics was not a serious issue at the time, only a small hand full of people were actually doing the drugs, and they were just simply looked down upon. It was not until the late nineteen sixties when recreational drug use became fashionable among young, white, middle class American citizens, that the United States Government “put it’s foot down”....   [tags: Illegal Drugs Narcotics essays research papers]

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The War On Drugs And Drugs

- Selica Lopez English 101 Mr. Seberger March 18, 2016 The War on Drugs For decades there have been inaccurate assumptions on the drug policy that is enforced. This has caused the government to spend countless amounts of time and money on prosecuting drug users. The United States spends about $320 billion a year in its attempt to end drug use nationwide. The current policy on drugs has established the false assumption that making drugs illegal will stop addiction and drug related crimes. However, the “Iron Law of Prohibition” states that prohibition has led to higher dosage levels and dangerous modes of administration....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug]

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The War On Drugs And Drugs

- It has been questioned as to why would the government put restrictions on something that has been part of the history and culture of the world since that beginning of time. Drugs were used back in earlier times for reason that include rituals, religion, recreational, and medical. The war on drugs have been a critical issue that has repeatedly held a great debate topic. It was in the 1906 when the first act against drug was put into effect with the Pure Food and Drug Act which required all over-the-counter medication to have label of its ingredients....   [tags: Drug addiction, Drug, Illegal drug trade]

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America's War on Drugs - The Prison Industrial Complex

- ... However, inmates with children are perhaps the most affected by the pains of imprisonment as the separation and loss of contact to these children effect both the parents, children and all loved ones close by. According to a study done by Joseph Murray (2005) titled, The effects of imprisonment on families and children of prisoners, "imprisonment of a partner can be emotionally devastating and practically debilitating", causing a "loss of income, social isolation, difficulties of maintaining contact, deterioration in relationships, and extra burdens of childcare can compound a sense of loss and hopelessness for prisoners’ partners (para 7)”....   [tags: criminal justice system, drugs, crime]

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War on Drugs = War on Terrorism???

- War on Drugs = War on Terrorism??. The United States’ new claim in today’s world of propaganda and mind-warping media is that The War on Terrorism = The War on Drugs. Recently simple anti-drug slogans have been manipulated into aggressively and often erroneously exaggerated media assaults. (planetpapers.com) The United States claims that each person can help fight terrorism by choosing not to buy or use illicit drugs, and the government itself can help fight terrorism by implementing a more effective War on Drugs throughout the country....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The War on Drugs is a War on the Poor

-      The “War on Drugs" has been so terribly ineffective that it leads one to question its true motives. Even a dog can eventually learn from an electric fence, so why not the United States government. Is the goal really to curtail drug use, or is it to segregate society and vilify the disadvantaged. A combination of mandatory minimum sentencing and other unjust laws has led to an enormous rise in U.S. prison populations. Thanks to these laws, 60 percent of the federal prison population consisted of nonviolent drug offenders as of 1999....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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War on Drugs is War on Democracy

- The voters of California succeeded in passing a proposition to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana as prescribed by doctors. The passing of Proposition 215 seemed to symbolize a promising trend toward knowledge of the substance. However, after reading an article by Eric Schlosser in the April issue of Atlantic Monthly, I have been shocked with the reality of what is occurring elsewhere. Many of us are aware of the idiocy of our legal system treating marijuana offenders worse than violent criminals....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Underdeveloped Countries and the War on Drugs

- Underdeveloped Countries and the War on Drugs With the presidential election peering around the corner, it is time to bring back an age-old topic which has been troubling United States citizens for decades, the War on Drugs. Politicians have long quarreled over what sort of action should be taken to combat the world’s drug problems, and it is time that this issue surfaces again. Despite increased efforts from every government faction imaginable, the drug problem subsists, if not worsens....   [tags: Drugs Third World Politics Essays]

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The Problems with Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

- ... “The study done by Janet Reno to see if the jails could free up space for more violent offenders, found that 21.5% of the criminals in the jails were non-violent, first offenders. Very few major drug dealers are ever imprisoned” (Nation Briefs, New York Newsday, February 5, 1994, p.11). “In the New York State the prison Legalization of Drugs, Could it Help 4 Legalization of Drugs, Could it Help....   [tags: legalization, war on drugs, cost]

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Drug Use : The War On Drugs

- 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....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug]

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The Tipping Point in the War on Drugs

- As described in novel The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference the course of any trend, movement, social behavior, and even the spread of a virus has a general trend line that in essence resemble a parabola with 3 main critical points. Any trend line first starts from zero, grows until it crosses the first tipping point, and then spreads like wildfire. Afterwards, the trend skyrockets to its carrying capacity (Galdwell, 2000). Then the trend gradually declines before it reaches the next tipping and suddenly falls out of favor and out of memory....   [tags: drug abuse, marijuana, ]

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Liberal Views On The War On Drugs

- Liberal and Conservative Views on the War on Drugs Drug use has been an ongoing problem in our country for decades. The use of drugs has been the topic of many political controversies throughout many years. There has been arguments that are for legalizing drugs and the benefits associated with legalization. Also, there are some who are opposed to legalizing drugs and fear that it will create more problems than solve them. Conservatives and liberals often have different opinions for controversial topics such as “the war on drugs,” but it is necessary to analyze both sides in order to gain a full understanding of their beliefs and to decide in a change in policy is in order....   [tags: Drug addiction, Prohibition, Drug, Conservatism]

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The War On Drugs And The United States

- The War on Drugs has been around since 1971 when President Richard Nixon gave a press conference and declared drugs as “public enemy number one”. Since then multiply agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), campaigns like Nancy Reagan “Just Say No”, and laws like the “Anti-Drug Abuse Act” administered by President Ronald Reagan have been constructed to control and prevent the flow and consumption of illegal drugs into the country. The United States spends billions of dollars into these agencies every year in order to cease the flow and consumption....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin]

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A New Approach to the War on Drugs

- Wars are never won. Unlike a game, the cost associated with a war ensures that there is never really a winner. If you could ask the dead, I doubt they would answer that their lives were worth the price of victory. Such is the case with the so called “War on Drugs.” Movies and folklore have glamorized war as something noble. They suggest that a cause worth fighting for is worth the ultimate sacrifice. It is true that there are times throughout our history that mankind, with his back against the wall, has had to risk all for the greater good....   [tags: health, illegal substances, sociology]

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The War On Drugs And It Is Failing

- On January 17, 1920 the eighteenth amendment was ratified in the United States constitution (U.S. Const. amend. 18). This amendment mandated a nationwide prohibition on alcohol. It lasted for thirteen years before it was repealed by the twenty-first amendment in 1933 (U.S. Const. amend. 21). This is regarded in history as a massive failure because it led to an increase in homicides, alcohol consumption, and a rise in organized crime. Prohibition ended in 1933, but history has a way of repeating itself....   [tags: Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin, Illegal drug trade]

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War On Drugs : Who Profits

- War On Drugs: Who Profits The war on drugs has been a battle fought for over a century. The purpose of this “war” is to minimize drug trade as much as possible. Either by military aid or by passing laws that restrict drugs. The unofficial beginning of the United States government’s war on drugs starting in 1914 when the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act law was passed (O’Neil understanding the cultures). This law was the first law ever to prohibit the sale and use of certain drugs and it was certainly not the last....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Pharmacology]

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The War On Drugs And The United States

- In the United States of America citizens are free to engage in many activities that are not necessary safe or healthy. However, the government does not intervene or try to limit these activities. Instead, thousands of Americans die each year from alcohol overdoses, even more develop cancers from cigarettes, and so many others overdose on painkillers. Why does the government pick certain activities to limit or restrict completely. What reasoning do they have to limit the use of certain drugs. The official “War on Drugs” has been an ongoing feud between free Americans and the United States Government since the corrupt Nixon administration....   [tags: President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson]

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The US War on Drugs in Latin America

- The US War on Drugs in Latin America Introduction The United States has a long history of intervention in the affairs of one it’s southern neighbor, Latin America. The war on drugs has been no exception. An investigation of US relations with Latin America in the period from 1820 to 1960, reveals the war on drugs to be a convenient extension of an almost 200 year-old policy. This investigation focuses on the commercial and political objectives of the US in fighting a war on drugs in Latin America....   [tags: Drug Drugs Essays]

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The Effects of the War on Drugs

- Pro-legalization of Drugs Most Americans regard illegal drugs as one of the nations’ most serious problems, but two generations after the “war on drugs” began, disagreement remains on what should be done. Today’s society is suffering rapid decay due to the never ending war against drugs. Effects of this war like murder, corruption and many other undesirable things are developing and burning through this country’s core while the powers that be debate whether or not drugs should be legalized. Legalization is an option that should be heavily considered....   [tags: Pro-Legalization]

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The Failure of the War on Drugs

- The War on Drugs in the United States has a profound influence on both the incarceration rates and activities of the criminal justice system. Many politicians and advocates of the policy claim that the War on Drugs is a necessary element to deter criminal behavior and reduce the crime rate. However, studies show that drug deterrent policies on possession and use have been inadequate and unsuccessful (Cole & Gertz, 2013). Studies also show that the War on Drugs has not attained its objectives because the policy exhibits racial discrepancy as it has led to the disproportionate incarceration of Blacks and minorities....   [tags: politics, racial disparity]

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The War On Drugs By Milton Friedman

- Growing up in the United States means going through some type of anti-drug program. Kids start being introduced to drugs at a very young age because the first interaction with them is being told not to do any of them. Most kids have no idea what drugs are until this program is introduced in elementary schools telling kids not to do drugs. In “There’s No Justice in the War on Drugs”, Milton Friedman talks about the injustice of drugs and the harsh reality of being addicted to drugs, and the causes or side effects that come along with them....   [tags: Rhetoric, Logic, Logos, United States]

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The War On Drugs And America

- The War On Drugs Around fifty percent of the inmates in federal prison are serving time for drug charges. The war on drugs started in the 1970s under the Nixon administration, but is still a very big issue in the government today. According to Nationwide Trends, an estimated one in three adults have used drugs in their lifetime and more than 22 million Americans 12 years and older, use illegal drugs. Drugs are a very disputed part of our society today. This essay will address liberal and conservative opinions on the war on drugs....   [tags: Liberalism, Conservatism, Illegal drug trade]

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The War On Drugs By Milton Friedman

- In order to achieve a good essay, one must defend his argument and use data and research to back their argument. In “There’s No Justice in the War on Drugs”, Milton Friedman talks about the injustice of drugs and the harsh reality of being addicted to drugs, and the causes or side effects that come along with them. The author clearly argues about the “war on drugs” and uses analysis and facts to prove his argument. The author agrees that the use of government to keep kids away from drugs should be enforced, but the use of government to keep adults away from drugs, should not be enforced....   [tags: Rhetoric, Logic, Logos, Richard Nixon]

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The War On Drugs And Drug Trafficking

- The War on Drugs was meant to stop the violent criminals who were profiting from drug trafficking. The penalties often carried disparities finding no equal ground between the drug king pin, and the struggle addict punished for committing a crime against themselves. With longer prison sentences resulting from mandatory sentences. The disparities of drugs like crack vs. cocaine serve no real equal punishment for drug criminals. Social and Political stigma has kept drug criminals to be treated as lower-scale person....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Heroin, Drug addiction, Drug]

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The War On Drugs And America

- The War on Drugs has had extensive impacts on virtually all communities in both the US and Latin America. The money, time and resources spent to support the War on Drugs has only fed and escalated the exact drug related crimes it sought to abolish. Byproducts of these policies include increased power of drug lords, incarcerations in the US, friction between the US and Latin America, social stigmas surrounding drug users, and drug related deaths and addictions. By thoroughly understanding the War on Drugs and the policies supporting it, one can realize how Latin American and US relations would transform through establishing different tactics to end drug related problems....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, United States]

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The War On Drugs And The United States

- 4. The “war on drugs” In the United States there are 2.3 million people behind bars. It isn’t new that the “war on drugs” was indeed a way to mass incarcerate as many African Americans and minorities as possible. There was a list of policies set in place to control the minorities in the United States of America. The “war on drugs” targeted African Americans minorities to keep them in low income and broken homes. Even after being released on petty drug charges, the system was built against those whom was ever been locked up on any charges....   [tags: Unemployment, United States, Great Depression]

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The Drug Policy : War On Drugs

- Identification of the problem The drug policy “War on Drugs” implemented by the criminal justice system the in United States has failed to address the war with the use of drugs in America. The United States of America has fought for over a century, and four presidents have staged this war that has yet to produce significant results. It is a war that the US was losing and drug abusers were all over hospitals, courts, and prisons. The use of drugs has ended in violent crimes that have always resulted into damaging neighborhoods in this country, and many children have been lost and abandoned due to drug abuse (Friman, 2008)....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, United States]

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U.S. Fights the War on Drugs

- The United States has been fighting the war on drugs since 1971 when Richard Nixon declared the name “War on Drugs”. What does “War on Drugs” mean. What is the cost to taxpayers. What is the Obama administration doing about the “War on Drugs”. What countries are the drugs coming from and going to. What are the solutions that we as a nation should be thinking and implementing. Is Decriminalization of drugs the answer to the problem. The drug problem in the United States is almost impossible to control, but maybe with combined efforts of the different leaders of nations involved can help end the devastating corruption of the drugs wars....   [tags: taxpayers, traffickers, cocaine]

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Racial Prejudice And The War On Drugs

- It 's September of 2016, and we still have to convince half of the United States that institutionalized racism is an issue in our society. Police killed Black people at 2.5 times the rate of White people in 2015. This information isn 't a new revelation, and it isn 't disputed anymore by those who are still skeptical of police brutality based on racial prejudice. Instead, they 've moved onto the argument that Black people commit violent crime at higher rates, therefore it isn 't abnormal for police to be more violent and aggressive much more often during encounters with Black civilians....   [tags: Racism, Race, White people, Police]

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The United States ' War On Drugs

- Within chapter 5 of his work Drugs, Oil, and War: the United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina, Peter Dale Scott argues that the intent of the United States’ war on drugs has not been to eradicate the trade, but rather to influence the market in favour of cartels that are allied to Colombia’s state security apparatus or the CIA directly at the expense of targeted enemies. According to Scott, the United States had long been involved in Colombia, with reports of US involvement in training paramilitaries in sabotage and terror tactics dating back to the 1960s....   [tags: Pablo Escobar, Colombia, Cali Cartel]

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The United States War On Drugs

- The United States “war on drugs” affected many different groups of people, but especially the poor and minority groups. There are many different theories as to why the war on drugs affects the poor and minorities more than the white and wealthy. Some believe that the drug users are at fault. Others think that the war on drugs was a way to discriminate legally. While some believe that fear is the leading factor to the war on drugs. Michelle Alexander in the article, “The New Jim Crow” says that, “the mass incarceration of poor people of color is the moral equivalent of Jim Crow” (Alexander, p....   [tags: African American, Jim Crow laws, Punishment]

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The Incarceration Of The War On Drugs

- Mass incarceration has put a large eye-sore of a target on the United States’ back. It is hurting our economy and putting us into more debt. It has considerable social consequences on children and ex-felons. Many of these incarcerations can be due to the “War on Drugs”. We should contract the use of incarceration. The past two decades have engendered a very serious and historic shift in the utilization of confinement within the United States. In 1980, there were less than five hundred thousand people confined in the nation’s prisons and jails....   [tags: Crime, Prison, United States, Violent crime]

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The War On Drugs And Governmental Corruption

- Who would have thought that racism, the War on Drugs and governmental corruption would have any correlation with a PG movie produced by Disney. The words Disney, drugs, racism and corruption typically are not put under the same category. But, as oxymoronic as this unrelated quartet may seem, its constituents do have a relationship with one another. The link can be found in a fictitious animal city known as Zootopia. Although it is an animated children’s movie, Zootopia is intended for people of all ages, not just children....   [tags: Film, Entertainment, The Animals, Predation]

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The War on Drugs: Plan Columbia

- As we have discussed throughout the semester, the United States has made it part of their foreign policy to become deeply involved in Latin American affairs. The War on Drugs is a perfect example of United States intervention through a campaign of prohibition and foreign military aid. The War on Drugs is an extremely costly campaign that has been viewed with mixed results. “Even by conservative estimates, the War on Drugs now costs the United States $50 billion each year and has overcrowded prisons to the breaking point, all with little discernable impact on the drug trade” ....   [tags: Foreign Policy, argumentative, persuasive]

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The Incarceration And War On Drugs

- This essay will be focusing on the incarceration and war on drug of black community and minority in the United State. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander discuss who the war on drug effect minority in American. What will be discuss in this paper or the question I will be answering are How has the War in Drugs impacted low-income people and communities of color, particularly African Americans. How has the Drug War disenfranchised a large segment of the American population. How have race and class influenced the functioning of the criminal justice system, especially in relation to policing, the enforcement of drug laws, and sentencing....   [tags: Crime, African American, Black people]

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Analysis of the War on Drugs

- Identification and description of the policy Marijuana is currently illegal in most of the United States (U.S.), which has been part of a continuous debate and discussion amongst Americans. On the one hand there are those that believe that marijuana is wrong, not only for health reasons but that it is also the reason behind drug trafficking and drug dealers. Contrary, there are those that believe that marijuana is not as bad because it helps individuals in a form of medication in order to cope with daily hassles and issues....   [tags: Social Welfare Policy ]

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America 's War On Drugs

- American drug use is at an all time high. After all, drugs have been around for thousands of years used for all different purposes. Yet some drugs are legal and some are not. Why are drugs that have always been used, illegal. During the ‘80s when there was a mass hysteria about illegal drug use, the government began its war on drugs.("A Brief History Of The Drug War | Drug Policy Alliance") The war has a large effect on countries all over the world surrounding the United States’ issue. People wonder if the war should even be fought at all since there is confusion surrounding the facts....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Illegal drug trade]

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America 's War On Drugs

- America’s war on drugs is misplaced and misdirected, wasting billions of dollars and ruining millions of lives. Due to the conflict theory there is always inequality between powers in virtually every society. Unfortunately, African Americans who come from similar neighborhoods as Dr. Hart are the ones at the most disadvantage. Dr. Hart does a good job in his book and in his research, bringing to light some of the myths involving African Americans using drugs, addiction, the criminal justice system, and the mass incarceration rates....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug, Drug addiction]

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America 's War On Drugs

- In the 1980’s the “War on Drugs” became the focus of politicians; thus, laws were enacted to increase the arrest of drug offenders. This was applauded by many; however, reallocating funds to this measure took funds from law enforcement needed to respond and make arrests for Index I crimes (e.g., property, non-drug). This war has been one of the primary contributors of a burgeoning prison population affecting the criminal justice system and consequently society. “Between 1992 and 2011, the prison population burgeoned by 73%....   [tags: Crime, Drug addiction, Police, Heroin]

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The Failed War on Drugs

- In 2010 the U.S federal government spent 15 billion dollars on the War on Drugs. This equals a rate of nearly 500 dollars per second and does not include state spending or housing costs for those jailed in this failed War. Despite all the money spent and harsh drug sentencing policies, drug use in America has been on the rise for several decades. With increased drug use comes increased drug related crime, increased HIV infections and of course the ever increasing costs involved in a war that simply cannot be won in the traditional sense....   [tags: Drug Crime, Addiction, HIV, Solutions]

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The War On Drugs Policy

- For thousands of years, people have believed addiction is a willful choice which can be stopped if the individual really desired to do so. In many cases family and friends sill believe this to be true. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs” (2012). In this essay, I will address some of the policy and treatments surrounding this mind set....   [tags: Addiction, Drug addiction, Substance abuse]

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America 's War On Drugs

- It is time to finally end the “War on Drugs” which has been raging in the US for more than forty years now, and has systematically stripped away American liberties while creating innumerable social casualties. Decriminalizing personal drug use will effectively end this war and giving people back their freedom to choose; legalizing and regulating certain substances like marijuana would is provide ample moneys from taxation. The United States should begin to develop new strategies, based in part on verified policies already being successfully utilized in foreign countries, to finally end this farce of a war that has wreaked havoc on our society, fostered organized crime, and turned otherwise l...   [tags: Drug, Drug addiction, Prohibition]

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The War On Drugs Movement

- According to the Center of Disease Control fact sheet, “In fiscal year 2016, states will collect $25.8 billion from tobacco taxes and legal settlements but will only spend $468 million—less than 2%—on prevention and cessation programs.” With huge profit margins like these, it is no wonder why American leaders have sparred huge tobacco industries from anti-drug lobbyists; while they target other less historically favorable drugs such as heroin or meth amphetamine. The war on drugs movement has become a classic story of good versus evil, targeting big time drug organizations both nationwide and overseas....   [tags: Tobacco, Nicotine, Tobacco smoking, Smoking]

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Nixon 's War On Drugs

- Let’s agree if we can, Nixon’s “war on drugs” didn’t do shit. I mean after all, many people believed he started the crack epidemic on the eastern coast himself anyway. Put the drugs there, take the jobs away, legislate harsher punishments especially for distribution. Nonetheless, today is December 13th, a freezing Tuesday evening in the five boroughs. Did I mention the streets are hot as shit right now. “Yo, Toro. What’s a drop with no drop. It’s fucking freezing man.” “He’s coming man.” “Of course he is T....   [tags: Fuck, Profanity, George Carlin, Motherfucker]

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The Criterion for Keeping Drugs Illegal

- Everyone has tried drugs at least once in their life, but not everyone gets addicted to that. In fact most people just use it occasionally. The most important issue is what can be categorized as drug, in terms of being harmful to human body. Alcohol and cigarettes can be considered drug because both are addictive and have negative effects on the body system. So, we are talking about legal and illegal drugs. The first question that comes to the mind is what criterion of a drug makes it illegal....   [tags: war on drugs, drug commerce and market]

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Legalizing Drugs to Win the War on Drugs

- The validation of medicine has been an issue in politics for a long time. Many people think that the validation of drugs will give the government more control and there will be less crime on the streets. Another issue is that the government will be able to profit money off the drugs and be able to control prices and what age you will have to be to be able to buy the drug. On the issue of less crime on the streets I think that with the government controlling drugs there will be no drug dealers on the streets and no underage people using the drugs....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Why All Drugs Should Be Legalized

- Abraham Lincoln once said: “Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”(Lincoln) When most people think of prohibition, they think of the 18th amendment of the constitution; the alcohol ban in the 1920’s....   [tags: legalization, prohibition, law, war on drugs]

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Mexico’s War on Drugs

- Every day the U.S. border patrol has to constantly keep an eye out for the smuggling of drugs by Mexican Cartels. There has been much violence due to this drug problem that has left many people near the border killed and is allowing more criminals to obtain these weapons. A lot of this attention goes to the U.S. because many of the weapons utilized in the “drug war” are U.S. made and is interfering with trading relations amongst both the U.S. and Mexico. With this current violent situation in Mexico this has transformed the flow of weapons to an even larger scale....   [tags: US Border Patrol, Mexico]

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The War On Drugs

- In recent years the so-called “war on drugs” has taken over the streets and back alleys of suburban America. It has caused a problem that mirrors the prohibition days of the 1920’s and early 30’s. Politicians trying to play “tough guy,” are only contributing to more violence. Their laws have created an underground drug-trade, in which modern drug-dealers have taken the place of the bootleggers of old. The real question is whether or not this “war” is working. Most people would like to believe that it is, and there are a few statistics that show it has....   [tags: Informative Essays]

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The War on Drugs

- The War on Drugs To fully understand the significance and the seriousness of a War one must first fully understand the reasons that caused it in the first place. In this specific case the solution begins with several important yet seemingly simple questions…What is marijuana. How is it used. And why is it so coveted and widely distributed in Jamaica as well as the rest of the world?… All these questions help clarify the reasoning behind the war on drugs and further investigation shows how Jamaica ends up being an important country in this puzzle as well....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The War on Drugs

- WAR ON DRUGS Abstract Because of the war on drugs, prison overcrowding is vastly becoming a problem of astronomical proportion, putting a strain not only on the system of law enforcement, but on citizens as well. With studies in DNA and other forensic sciences that can pin point with exact precision the perpetrator of a crime; more and more criminal offenders are being caught, tried, and imprisoned for the crimes they have committed. Many of these crimes are initiated by the use of drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ice, crystal meth, angel dust, PCP, etc....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The War Against Drugs End

- To see the war against drugs end is my vision for America. Thousands of Americans overdose on drugs each year. Drugs do not discriminate; young or old, poor or rich, Caucasian or minority; every person on this planet could be a potential addict, no one is safe. The age that an individual begins to use drugs continues to get younger with each passing year. The problem is not contained to certain cities, regions, or states. It does not matter if one lives in the small town of Union City, Pennsylvania, or if one lives in a big city such as Seattle, Washington....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Heroin, Drug]

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America's War on Drugs

- In 1968, President Richard Nixon initiated the War on Drugs when American soldiers were coming home from the Vietnam War addicted to heroin. More than a decade later, President Ronald Reagan launches the South Florida Drug Task force, headed by then Vice-President George Bush, in response to the city of Miami’s demand for help. In 1981, Miami was the financial and import central for cocaine and marijuana, and the residents were fed up. Thanks to the task force, drug arrests went up by 27%, and drug seizures went up by 50%....   [tags: History of the Drug War]

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Criminalization of Certain Drugs Perpetuates Crime Instead of Deterring It

- “[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....   [tags: war on drugs, multibillion dollar business]

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Prohibition and the War on Drugs

- Throughout history, campaigns against certain parts of life are frequently argued upon. Wars are in a state of flux, but a constant in America's policies is the Drug War. The government attempts to prevent the consumption of illicit and harmful substances, even shown in modern domestic policies. Yet with much effort, positive results was not usually yielded. Apart from the outcomes, prohibition has made a large impact on daily life. In the United States, prohibition of alcohol and opium was a visible and controversial debate....   [tags: substance criminalization]

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The Government Should No Continue The War On Drugs

- The government should no continue the war on drugs. This was a national initiative started by President Richard Nixon in 1971 (Clegg1). Drugs trade produces about a trillion dollars a year and more 230 million people use illegal drugs (Branson1). The drugs were taxed at rates comparable to these on alcohol and tobacco (Branson3). Drug abusers filled courts, hospitals, and prisons (Tama1). People are pushing for the use of drugs to be recognized as a human right (Wrong1). Black American represents 13% of the population in the U.S....   [tags: Drug, Illegal drug trade, Prohibition]

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The Unbeatable War on Drugs

- Society’s view of drugs has vastly changed based on the sociological imagination of the times. Sociological imagination basically means that we are able to view ourselves as a part of one large group rather than individuals. Human’s behavior and attitude have evolved based on the social forces that have adjusted around them. This changing of ideas has been clearly apparent in the Americas and is a prime example of the prohibition of alcohol from 1920 to 1933. The illegality of alcohol provided the Mafia with an opportunity to produce liquor and therefore it had considerable control over those who wanted their alcohol and service....   [tags: benefits of legalization outweigh the negatives]

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Is the War on Drugs Being at All Effective

- Having spent over $400 billion over the course of the American drug prohibition, it’s sensible to ask the question, “Are we making any progress?” Shockingly, the answer from experts on both sides of the issue seems to be the same; a resounding “no”. It is clear at this point that the War on Drugs has ultimately failed, however the consequences of pursuing the issue have left North America in a disastrous state, with many economic as well as social issues. With people spending approximately three times as much money buying drugs as the government spends fighting against them, how can this war possibly be won when the government has to spend so much money combating in opposition to it....   [tags: American drug prohbition]

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