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Chasing The Scream: The War On Drugs

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Critics argue that the cost of putting low-ranking street corner drug dealers is disproportionate. A two-hundred dollar drug deal can turn into a big price tag for the tax payers. A report generated by the (North Carolina Department of Public Safety indicated that the cost of prison incarceration for a medium custody inmate is over thirty-thousand dollars per year. Further, the cost of substance abuse treatment conducted at a drug facility can be as high as twenty-two thousand dollars per year. Why was there a need to declare a “war on drugs?” according to Nick, in 1938 an American doctor wrote a book that predicted America’s war on drugs would create a $5-billlion smuggling industry within 50 years. The
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I think not.. First, the methods of communication during the 1930’s were not adequate enough to get the word out to the thousands like it is today. Second, during that time period, it is unlikely that one state-level individual could influence such change in the drug laws. In his book “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs”, Johann Hari (2015). Hari communicates how in the first decade of the 20th century, long before the drug war assumed the prominence that it holds today. Americans druggist sold many products made from what today are illegal drugs. For instance, Coca-Cola, which contained cocaine was touted as “The Ideal Brain Tonic.” The drink was also marketed as a headache remedy – “capable of relieving mental and physical exhaustion.” Further cola was advertised as giving babies a better start in life. Cocaine toothache drops were advertised as providing instantaneous cure and sold for 15 cents. During this time Asthma cigarettes were sold as treatments for asthma, hay fever, foul breath, head colds, canker sores, and bronchial irritations, however, the product was not recommended for children under six. Black people were not allowed to drink Coca-Cola because according to “Diary of a Nigress: Observations of an Invisible Woman”…show more content…
Nixon’s drug war, however, was a mere skirmish in comparison to the colossal efforts launched by the Ronald Reagan administration in the 1980s. Formally announced by President Ronald Reagan in 1982, the War on Drugs was marked by deep public concern, bordering on hysteria,, towards the nation’s drug problem. Under the leadership of President Reagan, the nation focused unprecedented energy and resources towards eliminating illicit drug use and trafficking.” (pp.
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