December 4, 2013
War on Drugs
The war on drugs is a losing battle that America has been fighting for nearly 50 years. Billions of dollars have been host in efforts to stop illegal drug trafficking and use. Although the loss of money is a large hint that the war should be approached differently, the most important loss is the freedom from the people who are sentenced to years in prison because of drug crime. Instead of educating it’s citizens on all areas of drug use, the American government chooses to use scare tactics which has self distracted and landed America in a mess larger than it can fix. Experimenting with drugs is not only a form of rebellion, it is a form of self exploration as well. Over the years there have been many articles and interviews conducted that have exposed how the “war” has set the country back. Instead of purifying it like the D.A.R.E campaign claimed to do.
Vulliamy, Ed. “Nixon’s ‘war on drugs’ began 40 years ago, and the battle is still raging.” The Guardian. N.p., 23 Jul 2011. Web. 4 Dec 2013. .
The “dare” campaign was started to scare young adults and teens away from ever experimenting with drugs.
This represents one of the oldest forms of fallacy which is control by fear. What the Nixon’s did was portray the mind on drugs as useless.
Katie, Hunt. “Report: Cheaper, purer illegal substances suggest global war on drugs is failing.” cnn.com. N.p., 01 Oct 2013. Web. 4 Dec 2013. .
Although many efforts have been made to cease the distribution and use of controlled substances, drugs are now available at a cheaper price and a higher potency.
Whatever is outlawed will become easier to obtain and less safe. This article points out how back alley labs are creating drugs that are even more harmful than before. To keep officials off of their backs, dealers and “cooks” are using ingredients that are easy to smuggle, making the substances more deadly to consume.
Scott, Dylan. “Is This The Beginning Of The End Of The War On Drugs?.” tpmdc.com. N.p., 30 Aug 2013. Web. 4 Dec 2013. .
With healthcare and unemployment being the topic and highest concerns of the President’s addresses these days, the war on drugs has taken a deserving back seat.
There are many more important issues at hand that need to be dealt with to move America forward. Over crowding jails with citizens who have possession violations is doing nothing but costing money and diverging from the real issues at hand.
Schwartz, Peter. “The War on Drugs.” foreignpolicy.com. N.p., 30 Aug 2005. Web. 4 Dec 2013. .
Wooldridge, Frosty. “The War On Drugs Good For Teens?.” rense.com. N.p., 26 Jul 2007. Web. 4 Dec 2013. .
Forbidden fruit tastes better than what someone is “allowed” to have. Many teens began to experiment with drugs and alcohol through rebellion the same way they experiment with racy clothing and hairstyles; it is a way to define themselves and develop a separation from authority.
This article brings an emotional touch to my paper by illustrating how the glamorization of not only drugs, but anything illegal sparks experimental interest in a tremendous amount of America’s youth. I’ll use it to expound on the idea that if more substances were regulated and sold legally that the usage rate would drop, as well as overdoses per year.