The War That Bleeds Green Essay

955 Words Dec 9th, 2016 4 Pages
The War That Bleeds Green
Throughout history, America has waged wars with countries, dictators, and even terrorists. These enemies threaten the very way of life and freedom that runs through our American blood. America, for years, however, has been in an entirely different war. A war that doesn’t have a clear enemy or an end in sight. Today, America is still waging a war against drugs. This war started to take scene as far back as the 1800’s when drugs first began to surface in the U.S. these included morphine, cocaine, and heroin. The war on drugs has caused an estimated one trillion dollars to date since President Nixon stated in 1970’s that “America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse” (The United States War on Drugs). The drug war continues to be a battleground in the U.S., from President Nixon to President Obama the policies and strategies used to end this war change as our new leaders take charge.
The drug war has a long and twisty track record in our country due to the different presidential policies but there is no doubt that the drug war is still being waged even today. The first policy to waged war on drugs was in 1914 when this U.S. congress passed the Harrison Narcotics Act. This act restricted how physicians manufactured and sold drugs like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and morphine. Physicians who were found prescribing drugs to addicts were harshly punished. Between 1915 and 1938 alone, more than 5,000 physicians were convicted, fined…

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