America 's War On Drugs Essay

2492 Words Apr 22nd, 2015 10 Pages
The terms “War on drugs” was coined by U.S President Richard Nixon on June 18, 1971 to refer to the campaign for the prohibition of drugs, military intervention and military aid all aimed at not only defining but also reducing the trade of illegal drugs. The initiative has for decades included setting drug policies intended to discourage the production, he distribution as well as the consumption of drugs of what the United Nations and participating government’s term as psychoactive drugs. The United States is estimated to spend up to $51 billion on the war against drugs every year. The illegal drug trade is a back market that is dedicated to the manufacture the cultivation, distribution and the sale of drugs subject to prohibition laws. Despite the effort and the resources dedicated to the war against drugs, numbers show little to insignificant changes in trends relating to drug related offenses. For example, in 2003, 1.5 million people in the U.S were arrested on drug related charges. Research has shown that in 2013, over 2.2 million people were incarcerated in prisons across the United States. Out of the 2.2 million, 57 percent were incarcerated on drug related felonies. From these numbers the question as to whether or not the war on drugs can be won beckons. This paper seeks to debate this question in a bid to come up with an answer.
Critics such as Inciardi believe that the war on drugs, especially in the United States, can never be won. The reason is simple, supply and…

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