Essay about America 's War On Drugs

1405 Words Mar 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
Major companies in many different sectors all support, and spend money lobbying for, the continued criminalization of drugs. The continued criminalization of drugs is critical to the drug war, and includes strict punishments and sentences for those convicted of crimes involving drugs. It has been shown that groups such as private prisons, and prison guard unions lobby for strict punishments to increase incarceration, and reap the profits. These company’s contributions promote the war on drugs, by giving the state no incentive to scale back their policies. What many fail to realize, however, is the impact the war on drugs and subsequent policies has internationally.
America’s war on drugs has spread across the globe. This, however, is not necessarily because of the international community’s support of our cause, but rather as a result of United States influence on the international stage. As a consequence, the United State’s policies have many adverse effects on other nations. Effects that Americans, and their politicians seem to ignore. Many international human rights groups, such as Amnesty International, claim, “that the escalation of drug-related violence, especially in Mexico and Colombia, and extrajudicial killings of citizens at the hands of their governments in the execution of the drug war are in large part a function of collateral damage by the US financial sponsorship of drug enforcement in the region” (Bartilow 24). Research into the effects of the implementation…

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