Drug Wars : Positive Or Negative? Essay

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Drug Wars: Positive Or Negative?
Retired policeman Tony Ryan declares, “While we definitely have a problem with drugs in this country, we definitely have to have a change in the policy,” (Richard, 1). Drugs are defined as a broad base of substances with psychoactive effects divided into four categories which include tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, and other drugs. Many currently illegal drugs, such as marijuana, coca, and psychedelics, have been used for thousands of years for both medical and spiritual purposes. Since the mid 1980s, growing numbers of United States citizens have come to recognize the harshness, expense, and ineffectiveness of United States drug prohibition. Coincidentally, in June of 1971, President Richard Nixon officially declares a ‘’war on drugs’’, and even proclaims, “America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. “ Although one may think that fighting the war on drugs is essential, it may actually recuperate our society if it is ended.
In the late 1960s, recreational drug use became fashionable among young, white, middle class Americans. However, over the years, this use has spread to all peoples of all different classes. Although overall drug use among Americans has declined since the beginning of the war on drugs, the Drug Abuse Warning Network reports a significant increase in both heroin and cocaine related emergencies among people over thirty-five last year, which is the highest level since 1988. With this being said, one…

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