The War On Drugs And Its Effects On The United States

1324 WordsApr 19, 20166 Pages
In 2014 1,297,348 people were arrested for non-violent drug charges (drug policy, 2015). These people’s lives are now forever changed because of a mistake they made. This mistake is continually made every single day and Americans are being punished in extreme ways for a non violent crime. The United States needs to decimalize all drugs because the drug war is costly, causes high incarceration rates, and isn’t effective as European drug solutions. In the 20th century, the United States would begin a disastrous campaign called the War on Drugs, this started the US on a spiral that would harm us all. Since the war on drugs would be created under President Richard Nixon, the federal drug budget has been raised from millions in the 1970’s to billions today. The amount of money that the United States spends on drugs could be used in many better fields of government such as infrastructure or the V.A. A large argument against this is that this money has been used to help end drug use. If that statement is true, then the DEA is doing a poor job at ending drug use since drug use has gone up since the war has started. The financial cost of the drug war is not worth it due to progress not being made here in the United States. Now one argument against ending the drug war is that the DEA would lose its jobs and Americans would suffer, this is false because the jobs that DEA agents hold would shift from drug enforcement to drug prevention. This means that these people would not loose

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