Essay about The War On Drugs And America

1688 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
The War on Drugs in America The war on drugs is a major problem in the United States both economically as well as financially. The amount of people in the United States that have been affected by drugs is huge, that’s one in every ten Americans over the age of 12. Almost equal to the entire population of Texas. (Join together staff, 1) The war on drugs is a battle the U.S. fights everyday but, is a battle they are losing. U.S. war on drugs has been going on for many years, Former President Richard Nixon created a bill to fight the battle with drugs and that bill is still used to this day with current President Barack Obama. The War on Drugs bill has put great amounts of stress on the court system, causing it to be flooded with new drug related cases every day. This increase in cases causes the prison system to become flooded with new inmates daily. (Michael McLaughlin, Huffington post) A revamp on the court system can create an easier way to determine the punishment for the crime that has been committed. Richard Nixon formally launched the war on drugs to stop illicit drug use in the U.S. in 1971. “Nixon believed that if police and government forces don’t stop the use of drugs they will destroy our population” (The War on Drugs, Mona) During Richard Nixon’s presidency, the size and presence of federal drug control agencies were used. The new agencies created new tactics such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants. (The war on Drugs, Mona) In the year 1972…

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