Argumentative Essay On War On Drugs

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Forty five years have passed since the American Government has declared a war on drugs. Do you feel safe living in a drug free America? Are children and young adults living in the United States protected from the drug cartels? Do the American schools remain free of illegal substances? The controversy of legalizing drugs has been ongoing for years with more than enough anti-drug propaganda and reasons to vote against legalization of drugs. As the communities, schools, and youth become heavily impacted by the sale, use, and overdose of illegal substances, more research is needed to dig deeper into the problems and understand the issue on levels other than the most obvious and superficial. It’s time to learn from the past, review the facts, …show more content…
Over the past 45 years drug statistics have shown that the drug war and its efforts to keep illegal substances out of the nation and hands of the American people is not working. The drug war is feeding the drug kings, inflating the price of illegal drugs, and increasing violence among rivals much like the alcohol prohibition supplied the bootleggers and organized criminals in the 1920’s. According to the DPA, the United States has spent more than $51 billion annually on the drug war. In 2014, the U.S. had the highest incarceration rate in the world with approximately 1.5 million arrests for drug law violations. Billions of U.S. dollars spent, millions arrested and still, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released drug overdose statistics in August 2016, showing a drug overdose death increase for the 5th consecutive year (Epi Data Brief, No. 74. P. 1). How many more years, how much more many, how many incarcerations and deaths are needed to prove the drug prohibition is counterproductive and ineffective? New Yorkers aged 15 to 34 had the largest increase in heroin related overdose deaths, a 248% increase since 2010 (Epi Data Brief, No. 74. P. 2). After 40 plus years the American Government’s declared war on drugs has not served its purpose, the Central Intelligence Agency reports that the United States is the world’s largest consumer of cocaine, Columbian heroin, Mexican heroin and …show more content…
S. History, drug statistics, and foreign affairs policies provide evidence that drug prohibition is not the answer to the drug war, therefore, the United States needs to cease the drug war by legalizing all drugs. Drug prohibition has taken a turn for the worst much like the alcohol prohibition of the 1920’s. Many unintended consequences have developed, such as, increased organized crime, increased violent activity on the streets, loss of federal dollars, as well as, lack of control with manufacturing, and trafficking of illegal drug substances. After 40 years of drug prohibition and a zero-tolerance policy, the U.S. consistently ranks as the world’s largest illegal drug consumer. It’s time to move forward, admit the United States has lost the war on drugs, legalize illegal substances and regain control of the manufacturing and selling of all

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