To What Extent Has The War On Drugs Failed?

To what extent has the war on drugs failed?

This essay has been created to decide how effective or in fact how ineffective the war on drugs has been. To assess how the war on drugs has failed we really need to decide on what we are measuring it against. What I have tried to do in this essay is measure it against what society deems important. The social implications, crime and who we consider a problem and who we don't. First a little background information. The phrase “war on drugs” as it has been coined was first popularised by American President Richard Nixon back in 1971. It was again used in full context by Robert Reagan in 1982. This essay will show the balance in ...

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incarcerating people for drug offenses instead of taking the non-violent drug users not pushers and put the money it would cost into treating those unfortunates then we would the war have succeeded in something worthwhile? At the same time in the same article, William Bennet who was not only enlisted to tackle drugs under George H.W Bush but also was education secretary under President Reagan argues “You measure success by overall, current drug use” he directs us to a study from US dept. of Health and Human Services which shows drug use is down from a peak of 25 million users in 1979 to just under 15 million 20 years on. Drug information site, “the drug-free world” an internet site that shows the reality of drug addiction states that young people, in general, are being introduced to drugs at younger ages than ever and that almost 200 million people worldwide are estimated to consume illegal drugs regularly. If we use that number as a benchmark then the extent of failure ...

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Added: 11/26/2017 06:50:01 AM
Submitted By: daviegee67
Category: Drugs & Alcohol
Type: Premium Paper
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