End The War On Drugs Essay

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End the War on Drugs The war on drugs dates back to 1971, when President Richard Nixon first popularized it. His presidency and administration were primarily responsible for getting the ball rolling. Following his presidency, every administration has more or less doubled down on his stance on the war on drugs. It has become a hot political issue that politicians now use to swing votes by the use of “fear” and promises of “safety”. However, the reality is that we are not anymore safe than we were in the 70’s. Drug use is still rampant. Users are still able to obtain what they so desire. The only thing that has changed is the amount of individuals we are putting behind bars, the amount of debt our country takes on every year, and countless other waste of resources that produce minimal return. Ultimately, it has done more harm than good for this country. Collectively, over the last 50 years, the war on drugs has led to the development of many policies that have had a detrimental effect on our society 's well-being, and that is why we should end the war on drugs. Over the last 40 years, the United States has spent over a trillion dollars trying to enforce drug laws. Every year, 15 billion dollars is spent just in the United States and 100 billion dollars globally trying to enforce drug laws (count the costs). This would be fine if the result of this expenditure produced any beneficial return, but historically, the drug problem is as big as it was during the nixon
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