Essay on The drug control policy of the United States

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The drug control policy of the United States has always been a subject of debate. From Prohibition in the early 1930’s to the current debate over the legalization of marijuana, drugs have always been near the top of the government’s agenda. Drug use affects every part of our society. It strains our economy, our healthcare, our criminal justice systems, and it endangers the futures of young people. In order to support a public health approach to drug control, the Obama administration has committed over $10 billion to drug education programs and support for expanding access to drug treatment for addicts (Office). The United States should commit more government resources to protect against illegal use of drugs by youths and provide help for …show more content…
The Drug Enforcement Administration was established on July 1, 1973 to replace the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. The goal of the DEA was to create a single federal agency to enforce the federal drug laws as well as consolidate and coordinate the government’s drug activities (Manchikanti). The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, a former cabinet level component of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, was established in 1989 by the Anti- Drug Abuse Act of 1988. Its stated goal is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives to eradicate illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences in the United States (Office). Interest groups have also attempted to spread the word about the problems associated with illegal drug use. The Partnership at Drugfree.org states the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, including prescription drugs, is common and costly. It can cause medical problems and if left untreated can destroy families and lives (Prevent). Despite the valiant efforts by the government and interest groups, drug abuse is still a major problem in our society. The solution that has previously been tried has been to crack down on drug use and levy heavy punishments on drug dealers (Wyler). However, this solution has been proven to have little effectiveness. The problem of drugs

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