Drug Use And Its Effects On The United States

2048 WordsApr 27, 20169 Pages
Whichever stance you may have on the matter, it is pretty evident that drug use is increasingly prevalent and an ongoing issue in the United States. “Drug use is on the rise in this country and 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. That’s approximately one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 – roughly equal to the entire population of Texas” said Dr. Kima Joy Taylor, director of the CATG Initiative (Drugfree.org). Because of facts like these, the War on Drugs was created with the proposed mission to deplete the number of drugs being consumed and sold in the United States. After over forty years since Nixon declared it, the War on Drugs has continuingly failed its promises and created additional social problems for…show more content…
People being incarcerated are not drug dealers, they are the recreational users who can get busted for having the smallest amount of drugs under their possession. Also, the drug war has produced profoundly unequal outcomes across racial groups, manifested through racial discrimination by law enforcement and disproportionate drug war misery suffered by communities of color, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. African Americans comprise 14% of regular drug users, but are 37% of those arrested for drug offenses (DPA). This demonstrates that African Americans, along with other minorities, are targeted because of their race and socioeconomic status. It also supports the argument that drug users are not being correctly addressed. Those that oppose the War on Drugs argue that our society, community, and daily lives could improve immensely if the money spent on police and prisons was put into improving education and health. According to a Pew Research Center study, it costs the U.S. an average of $30,000 a year to incarcerate an inmate while it only spends an average of $11,665 per public school student (Branson). According to the DEA estimates, less than 10% of all illicit drugs are captured even though $50 billion are spent each year trying to eradicate them (Stanford University). Because of the lack of access to cost-effective and lifesaving solutions,
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