Essay on Are Federal Drug Laws Really Working?

1905 Words Nov 19th, 2015 8 Pages
Are Federal Drug Laws Really Working?
Over the course of history it seems like the war against drug has become a war that has no end. It seems as if with every new strategy to catch drug traffickers they are always a step ahead. Many have wondered if they should stop fighting drugs and instead legalize them. They often argue that with the legalization of drugs instead of losing millions of dollars they can gain back what has been lost in this undeclared war against drugs. One source even stated that “Although the decriminalization of drug use would have many benefits, it would not, by itself, reduce many of the costs of the war on drugs” (ProQuest Online). President Richard Nixon even once called narcotics “public enemy number one in the United States.” (ProQuest Online) What I say is that they should give this war against drugs one last fight. The Federal Government needs to implement harsher laws and punishments because drugs lead to crime, they cause tremendous damage to one’s health, and they kill many worldwide.
It is to no one a big shocker that drugs lead to crime. Whether directly or indirectly they always seem to relate one way or another to crime. They manifest together as a packaged deal, the drug trafficking and the crime. “Gil Kerlikowske, the White House director of national drug-policy, said a study by his office showed a strong link between drug use and crime”. (Hotakainen, Online) People who are under the influence of drugs can’t think properly, they…

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