Illegal Drug Market And The Rise Of Drug Dealers

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Drug use in the United States has been traced all the way back to the 18th century by James Inciardi. Inciardi first traced the beginning of drug use was opium then later on a variety of drugs that were used for medicinal reasons such as opium, morphine, and heroin. In 1914 the Supreme Court decisions in theses three cases of Webb v. U.S, U.S. v. Behrman, and Lindner v. U.S. along with The Harrison Act of 1914 which regulated the majority of the addictive drugs that were on the market at the time. The Harrison Act of 1914 and The Supreme Courts decisions made it practically unattainable for approximately 200,000 hardcore drug addicts and narcotic users to obtain their drug of preference by legitimate legal means. By making the ability to purchase narcotics such as heroin, opium, and morphine practically impossible to obtain legally, which in turn caused the emergence of the illegal drug market and drug dealers to start working together. The development of the illegal drug market and the rise of drug dealers was one of the main causes that started the nation 's drug problem (Inciardi, 1986:15). The nation 's drug problem was not going to go unnoticed and actions had to be taken to prevent the problem from getting worse. What actions were taken? In September 1986, President Ronald Regan, with wife Nancy alongside, appeared on national network television to “declare war” on drug use in the United States. A series of drug-related deaths of famous athletes and other…

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