The Challenges In Handling Drug Related Issues Term Paper

Length: 3 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Law - Constitutional Law Type: Term Paper Paper: #70319696 Related Topics: War On Drugs, Prison Overcrowding, Drug Abuse, Drug Use
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¶ … Failure of War on Drugs

The issue of drug trafficking and drug use within the U.S. has been a concern for successive governments and administrations from the historical time to the present day. The well-known campaigns across the nation like the "Just Say No" were aimed at discouraging young children and teenagers in school and college from engaging in drug abuse and drug distribution. To some extent there have been some levels of positive effect achieved by these initiatives, however, the rates of success are not up to the desired benchmarks. The lure of drugs and the social acceptance of drugs backed by the organized gangs that deal in drugs have made it a nightmare for the government and the relevant agencies to conclusively deal with the menace of drugs distribution and drug use.

It is essential hence to look at the effectiveness of the war on drugs within the U.S. and to what extent it has achieved or failed to meet the intended goal. One of the reasons why the war on drugs had a historic failure is due to the politicization of an issue that is more medical and social rather than political. In 1971 President Nixon initiated the first affront to drugs through the "war on drugs" and he significantly increased the size of drugs agencies and pushed through several laws and regulations on drugs. However, the arrival of Jimmy Carter during campaigns started watering...


There after arose the social concern and the acceptability of marijuana significantly reduced among parents in the following years. The ascending to power by President Reagan saw the drug hysteria hit the all time high rate and incarcerations due to drug use were heavy within the U.S. This is the period that saw campaigns such as "just say no" by the first lady, DARE drug education program and harsher drug policies and the incarcerations soared. The coming of President Clinton did not make maters any different, despite campaigning on the basis of emphasis on drug rehabilitation rather than incarcerations (Drug Policy Alliance, 2015). The political approach to the drug use within the U.S. made it hard to have policies and approaches to the menace that would see the rehabilitation and stoppage of further drug use particularly among the youth. This approaches led to failure to institute in good time the necessary structures that would help to effectively combat the menace of drug use.

The above measures that spilled over to the President Bush administration meant that the prisons became excessively crowded since more people were arrested for possession of the drugs than for selling. The counter effect of this was that the sentences…

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Branson R., (2012). War on Drugs a Trillion-Dollar Failure. Retrieved October 15, 2015 from

Drug Policy Alliance, (2015). A Brief History of the Drug War. Retrieved October 15, 2015 from

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