President Richard Nixon 's The War On Drugs

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Starting in 1971, President Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs. He stated, “America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.” The War on Drugs aimed to fight against a supply and demand epidemic that had America at its knees. Nixon’s policies blatantly reflect society 's attitude regarding the trafficking of illegal narcotics. In 1973, Nixon initiated an interdiction effort in Mexico. The United States spent millions of dollars tightening border control, which led to a standstill in trade between the two countries. The standstill devastated Mexico’s economy due to the lack of commerce and tourism in and out of the country. Despite the War on Drugs mission to cease the trade of drugs in and out of the United States, it has proved “ineffective in stopping the use, manufacture, or trafficking of drugs. The War on Drugs has also created a whole host of subsidiary problems." Including the lack of education throughout Mexico and the highest incarceration rate the United States had ever witnessed. The War on Drugs has devastated Mexico’s socio-economic infrastructure while failing to stop the manufacturing and trafficking of drugs, both domestically and internationally. The War on Drugs attempts to solve the supply side of narcotics with crude and unnecessary punishments for a demand side issue. The United States fails to realize that Mexico is not the problem,

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