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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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

- 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 “justice” system that we currently use is hugely profitable for certain large corporations such as the for-profit prisons. These for-profit prisons feed off of the fact that these young minorities are being locked up at rates higher than ever before. In turn when these rates happen to go down and profits start to dip, these businesses turn to the police to do something about it. If they don’t do something about it, or if people try to push back against the for-profit prisons, they use their leverage as a huge source of employment for the people in the areas that these mega-prisons are located and suggest that they may be forced to shut down and leave the community high and dry....   [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 was not until President Reagan entered office that the official fight began with Reagan stating “a national crusade against drugs -- a sustained, relentless effort to rid America of this scourge -- by mobilizing every segment of society against drug abuse” (Cooper, 1993). Regen stood by the thought that in order to rid the country of illegal drugs we would need to have stricter law enforcement which also meant mandatory sentences for not only drug traffickers but also for drug users. In the years following there are supporter that continue to believe that Reagan had the right approach to the war on drugs....   [tags: Drug addiction, Drug, Illegal drug trade]

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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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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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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

- ... 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 outcome. The conventional war on drug policies are definitely hurting communities. As more and more severe penalties are handed out to drug users, the proportional number of incarcerations also increases. Statistics have shown that the United States houses 25% of the world’s prisoners where 1 in 3 are involved in drug trade....   [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

- ... The liberal view on the war on drugs is clear; a change in the nation’s drug policy is needed. Sasha Abramsky, writing in the liberal magazine, the Nation, uses California as an example in which getting rid of the harsh drug policies would be a huge benefit to the economy. In the article titled “The War Against the ‘War on Drugs,’” Abramsky finds a correlation between the drug policies and incarceration rates. Abramsky writes about how some of the state’s political figures are finding that the war on drugs is “responsible for the spike in prison populations over the past thirty years” and they agree that the California’s drug policies “are not financially viable and no longer command maj...   [tags: Drug addiction, Prohibition, Drug, Conservatism]

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The War On Drugs And The United States

- ... Yet, you would think the problems would lower throughout the years but study has shown that drug use has increased throughout the years. Well according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse drugs, like marijuana, have increased in people of ages 12 and above. In 2012 an estimated 2.8 million new users of illicit drugs were under 18 and more than half of those new users began with Marijuana. Drugs are nothing new, and have been following through the school and streets of our children. It is so easy to buy drugs that the concerns of dismantling Drug Cartel should be switched to the prevention and easy accessibility of acquiring drugs....   [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

- ... Ford 's Special Message to the Congress on Drug Abuse, 1967). His letter called for drug traffickers to serve a mandatory of at least three years for the first offense, and a minimum of six years for each subsequent offense. He also proposed that they should be held without bail until their trial. Presumably, because their bail money would be coming from the profits they earned selling the illegal drugs. He also wanted laws to be passed that required all cash found on a violator be forfeited, and recycled back into the police force....   [tags: Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin, Illegal drug trade]

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War On Drugs : Who Profits

- ... And with the more people there are jailed, the more money there is to be made in the prison business. Big Pharma groups are enjoying the war on drugs because the war on drugs doesn 't target the drugs they sell. Not all drugs are at risk in the war on drugs. Take Ecstasy for example. Ecstasy is a drug the fills the brain with serotonin, a chemical our brains naturally produce. The sale of it is prohibited in the U.S. But take its more sophisticated sister-drug, Prozac, which is legal and compare the two....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Pharmacology]

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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 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 And Drug Trafficking

- ... Prisoners in federal prison are convicted with drug trafficking compared to simple possession to those in state prison. The rise of prisoners for drug crimes is too high, instead of focusing on criminals who commit violent crimes against other people. The social stigma faced by criminals is all the same even if they never committed a violent crime. Society tends to treat drug users the same way we treat the drug cartel. In studies people have been shown to be negative towards “criminals”. With labels of low socioeconomic status and minority race towards criminals (Madriz.1997....   [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

- ... Another of the many structural changes that has a major effect on unemployment is job going overseas. With so many Americans out of work, it’s hard to employ those who want to work. Companies found that its cheaper to employ those who doesn’t bargain wages, or need/ask for benefits. This which raise imported goods but removes more U.S currency from the money flow. Furthermore, if there weren’t jobs and no consumption being made, more businesses would close causing this to be a catastrophe ripple affect pushing the economy into a deeper recession and maybe a depression....   [tags: Unemployment, United States, Great Depression]

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The Drug Policy : War On Drugs

- ... The system needs to be truthful and honest about its accounts for the war against drug abuse. The War on Drugs has been unfar as it has mainly been directed to the minority and the poor communities of the United States. To rescue the current situation of drug abuse and the consequences, I would recommend a “National Drug Control” policy that should be science-based and under the guidance of the latest research that is supported by reforms to protect the American Public Health Safety (Paley, 2014)....   [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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The United States War On Drugs

- ... 460). Alexander points out that, “more African American adults are under correctional control now than were enslaved in 1850” (Alexander, p. 455). This is a shocking statistic, this suggest that most African Americans are affected by the war on drugs, whether it be themselves, a family member, or a loved one. With some many African Americans unable to vote in some states, and unable to find good housing and employment, it is no wonder that recidivism rates for prisoners is at an all time high in the United States....   [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: 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 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 Incarceration And War On Drugs

- ... Due to the fact they are label criminal, they now fall into this system or loop that hard to get out of. This causing them to sell drugs and start this process all over again How has the Drug War disenfranchised a large segment of the American population. Majority of minority have been place in this group or system that treated them unfairly and expect them to find their way out of a hole they didn’t dig. Telling them that because of the action and choice you made you know are label as something that has nothing to do with you....   [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

- ... One of the goals on the “War on Drugs’ was to keep drugs away from kids; however, it is common knowledge that kids are getting their hands on drugs quite easily. Where kids are concerned an example would be: A teenage daughter is dating someone that the parent’s object to, however , the more the parents object and prohibit the relationship, the more the teenage daughter is determined to be with the boy in question. It is the idiom of the “Forbidden Fruit” that one must have that which is being prohibited i.e., illegal or immoral....   [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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America 's War On Drugs

- ... This is why Ether Nadelmann (2014) said in his TED Talk that “what we really need to do is to bring the underground drug markets as much as possible aboveground and regulate them as intelligently as we can to minimize both the harms of drugs and the harms of prohibitionist policies.” By doing so we could generate enormous public tax revenue from this commodity and invest the profits into productive drug treatment and education programs. Another major phenomenon that is a resulted from the current policies is that it is effectively turning otherwise law abiding citizens into criminals and tossing them into prison for simple possession and/or consumption....   [tags: Drug, Drug addiction, Prohibition]

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The War On Drugs Movement

- ... The rate of teen smoking is rising: 36 percent of high school students were current smokers in 1997, compared with 28% in 1991 (CDC, 1999) . . . Additionally, there are strong correlations between the use of alcohol and tobacco and other high-risk-taking behaviors for the adolescent population, such as injury, motor vehicle crashes, and involvement with violence. This shows us one moral reason why tobacco products should be illegal. Before our children can graduation high school in hopes of pursuing dream careers they are persuaded and targeted by tobacco companies into a lifetime dependency on their companies’ toxic products....   [tags: Tobacco, Nicotine, Tobacco smoking, Smoking]

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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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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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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

- ... In order to fight back, people need current information about the ever changing world of drugs. They need to know what is going on in the world around them. Facts and figures about the dangers, overdoses, and deaths should be openly announced to the public on a regular basis, so that the people know how bad the drug problem is becoming. IV drug use promotes the spreading of diseases: HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and MRSA are just a few of the incurable diseases that have the potential to be spread through IV drug use; but, due to the lack of proper disposal of these needles it is not just the user that is put at risk....   [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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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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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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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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The War On Drugs And Its Impact On Society

- ... Some of my own friends, more often of color, who were arrested for drug possession or use, are kept from earning a living dramatically, working in menial labor. In terms of upward mobility, their lives are essentially ruined, from a mistake they made in their teens, which harmed no one but themselves. The War on Drugs has allowed a discriminatory form of persecution in domestic law enforcement and is continually creating a class of Americans with fewer opportunities in education and employment....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Prohibition]

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The War On Drugs And Its Effects On Society

- When Columbus first discovered America, the natives offered him what would become one of the most addictive drugs known to mankind, tobacco. Although at this time, Columbus naïve of the plant threw them out. He did not know that this plant or the chemical substance derived from it, would one day assimilate into the life of many humans because of its biological effects. Now legal, tobacco is just a rarity among recreational drugs citizens indulge in. Drugs, legal and illegal, have long been apart of our country and others....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Heroin]

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The War On Drugs : America 's Consciousness

- The war on drugs is ingrained in America’s consciousness. Government efforts to alleviate the negative impacts drugs have on the country is still a work in progress. This war is neither won nor lost; it is still fought for with two approaches in mind. One is legalization, the other illegality. Unfortunately, both prove ineffective. Neither proposal has the potential and capability to resolve the prevalent issue on drugs. However, finding the right balance between the two absolutes, illegality and legalization, will bring the United States one step closer to progression....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Drug abuse, Heroin]

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The Solution to the Immoral, Unwinnable War on Drugs

- ... Medical marijuana is common in the USA and Canada for conditions such as crohn's disease, whereas in the UK the continued blanket ban on forms of cannabis that aren't GW Pharmaceuticals' Sativex means that costs are too high for it to be used to help sufferers (Erhorn, 2010). Decriminalization would be a solution to all these problems, and more. Decriminalization: Why this is the route our nation must take. Economically intelligent: There is no doubt that decriminalising drugs would be an economically smart move for the United Kingdom to take....   [tags: incarceration, decriminalization, economics]

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Movie Review : End The War On Drugs

- Introduction In this documentary film analysis, I will analyze the film: End the War on Drugs which is written and presented by Russell Brand as he expresses his stance on the war on drug. I will do this by examining the arguments he brings forward and determine whether they are valid arguments. The purpose of this film is to demonstrate and provide valid evidence to promote and persuade the legalization, regulation, decriminalization of drugs, mainly in the UK to the Home Affairs Select Committee (BBC, 2014)....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Physical dependence]

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War on Drugs: Germany compared to the Netherlands

- The War on Drugs One of the key aspects to consider when evaluating domestic political actors preferences towards policies pertaining to illegal drug use in both the Netherlands and Germany is to evaluate their ideological differences. The Netherlands attitude towards drug policy revolves around limiting the negative impacts illegal drug use has on society by implementing laws catered towards decriminalization. On the other hand, Germany considers drugs a detriment to society and promotes legislation that proactively restricts the flow of supply and demand of illegal drugs within the country....   [tags: Drug Enforcement, Sociology]

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The War On Drugs And How It Affects Women

- ... During the crack epidemic black females would be the target of drug laws and convictions. However as methamphetamine would rise in popularity in the United States, so would the convictions of white women by 48.4% of and a decrease of black women by 24.6% since the year 2000 (Forbes.com) Most women who would be convicted on drug charges would fall victim to what is known as the girlfriend problem. According to the ACLU this is when a women takes the rap for a male counterpart in hopes that because they are a woman and may not have any prior convictions will get off on the charges....   [tags: Prison, Criminal justice, Crime, Punishment]

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Support For The War On Drugs Increased Exponentially

- Support for the war on drugs increased exponentially. By the time George Bush Sr. was elected President in 1989, a poll showed that 64% of people believed that drugs were the most significant problem in the United States (Alexander 2012). In seven years the public’s opinion of the Country’s drug problem increased 62 points. The government wasn’t the only one using drugs and crime as a device to hide their racist ideals. Researchers found that from the late 1970’s to the early 2000’s, the amount of racial prejudice people possessed was influential on their support of punitive policies (Alexander 2012)....   [tags: Police, Crime, Drug addiction]

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The War on Drugs: Should Marijuana Be Legalized

- The word "marijuana" has risen a concerned eyebrow in almost every American home today. Those that oppose legalizing the use of the plant automatically believe its use is to smoke it, but those that do not choose to use marijuana are thought to be in favor of keeping it illegal. Opposing views on the subject of decriminalizing the plant has caused much controversy over the past twenty years and still remains an important issue. The legalization of marijuana in the Unites States would drastically reduce crime in our cities and form a more productive society through its positive uses....   [tags: delta-9 - tetrahydrocannibinol, plant]

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The War On Drugs Is The New Jim Crow

- In discussions of racial discrimination, one controversial issue has been the persistent oppression of Black people. Michelle Alexander would argue the war on drugs is the new Jim Crow.Ta-Nehisi Coates focuses instead on home ownership for color people and how they are forced to always be second class citizens. And The Central Park Five depicts the way in which racist ideologies serve to dehumanize people of color in order to justify that they have been robbed of their labor, civil rights, and basic human rights by a biased legal system.While I agree with all three pieces you can see the failed attempts made by African American to be equal....   [tags: African American, Racism, Law, Black people]

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The War On Drugs : A Long Lasting Solution

- For several years, including today there have been many attempts to decrease drug use, which if it is not treated usually leads to a higher rate of crime, hence, “the war on drugs”. However, there are only small solutions that may get rid of some few problems temporarily rather than a long lasting solution. By creating harsh sentencing towards illegal drug use, it effects society in the long run. Consequences should be held for those accountable, however, a more realistic approach would be having more facilities not necessarily prison, but rehab homes and centers that are set for drug treatment, mental illness and rehabilitation....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Substance abuse]

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