War on Drugs Informative Essay
COM 101 -070
The War on Drugs The “War on Drugs” is a term commonly applied to a campaign of prohibition, military aid and military intervention, with the intention of reducing and eliminating the illegal drug trade. The War on Drugs was officially declared in 1971 by President Richard Nixon and is still very prominent in our society today. The War on Drugs has been studied since its inception and copious amounts of data have been collected from it. The War on Drugs has a long history; since it has been enacted the government has utilized large sums of money funding it, made illicit drug use rise in percentage overall, and created an artificial and thriving black market. There is an ongoing debate on whether …show more content…
When the official War on Drugs began in 1971, so did the organized spending towards it. The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act was the law that fueled the War on Drugs. This act amended the Public Health Service Act and other laws to provide increased research, into, and prevention of, drug abuse and drug dependence; to provide for treatment and rehabilitation of drug abusers and drug dependent persons; and to strengthen existing law enforcement authority in the field of drug abuse. It also divided controlled substances in five schedules (or classes) on the basis of their potential for abuse, accepted medical use, and accepted safety under medical supervision.