The War On Drugs And The United States

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The War on Drugs has become an epidemic today that has afflicted in the United States and the United Nations; both are influenced by international drug laws which preserve the criminal justice system. These new laws promote an ineffective policies on the war on drugs. Therefore, communities are locked while the promotion of illicit drugs become the dominate framework to organized crimes. Today, the war on drugs continues to be an ongoing battle within our society. This paper will examine these issues focusing primarily on referencing historical context on the struggles controlling the drugs within our society. Effective changes must be made for the war on drugs to be disregarded. First steps of improvement must be lenient punishment policies based on the relevance and/or risk of these psychoactive drugs. EXTENT OF THE WAR ON DRUGS The United States government has defined the term “war on drugs” as a “series of actions tending toward a prohibition of illegal drug trade” (War on drugs law). According to Beccaria (1974), laws were conditioned under man as a ways to united our society. On the contrary, the term "War on Drugs" was coined by President Richard Nixon in 1971, which he described these illegal drugs as "public enemy number one in the United States (A brief history of the drug war)”. During the late 1980s, the political mania about drugs led Congress and state legislatures to increase campaigns against drug use. For instance, First Lady Nancy Reagan began the “Just

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