Drug History And Policy Changes

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Drug History and Policy Changes
There is a debate in the American government system on how to handle the use of drug and alcohol. In the 1960s drugs were uprising along with youth rebellion and in 1971 Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” (Citation a brief). This name is not to be confused with the band War on Drugs, but the term is still popularly used to describe the policies that Government officials are making regarding drugs and alcohol. This debate got reheated when Colorado legalized weed for medical and recreational use, followed by several other states. There has slowly been a shift in mindset from, “alcoholics are drug addicts are all criminals and we (the law) should throw them in jail” to “addiction is a disease.” Even the way that addicts/alcoholics are treated has changed to treatment centers with specialist versus throwing them in the hospital to detox and hoping for a change. Policies that are shifting the penalty from incarceration to treatment reflect these changes and help the individual suffering from the disease to get back on their feet. The war on drugs rings on, but changes are being made.
War on Drugs
As I said early, President Nixon issued the “War on Drugs.” He started by placing marijuana in the highest restrictive category of drugs, Schedule One, and ignored later attends to decriminalize drugs. However, starting in 1973, eleven states decriminalized marijuana usage. Ronald Reagan picked up where Nixon left off. Reagan’s wife also started her own…

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