--> Free war on drugs Essays and Papers | sorted by length


Your search returned 200 essays for "war on drugs":
1  2  3    Next >>

Reason Why Teens Use Drugs

- The reasons why teenagers use drugs. Drug use is the increasing problem among teenagers in today's High schools. Ever since the drug war of 1900, drugs have been a major problem in todays society. Use of drugs such as opium, morphine, and their derivatives were quite commonplace in nineteenth century America. While most students of contemporary high school drug education programs know about the use of coca leaves in early Coca-Cola and the opium trade with China, the matter of drug addiction at the turn of the century is much more extensive than usually acknowledged....   [tags: Drugs, Social Issues, Legal Issues]

Free Essays
325 words | (0.9 pages) | Preview

Losing Battle Against Drugs

- Losing Battle Against Drugs The article, Losing Battle Against Drugs, is true. I agree with the article that the regulation of drugs into America is impossible to manage. You can spend millions and billions of dollars to decrease the drug trafficking but drugs are going to find another way into the country. For most people that are into drugs such as selling them I can see why they would want too. It’s obvious that it is against the law but if you can get away with it, you would have a lot of money in your pocket....   [tags: Papers]

Free Essays
346 words | (1 pages) | Preview

Against drugs

- Drugs should not be legalized because there would be an increase in drug abuse due to its availability. Legalized drugs would become cheaper and more appealing to people who previously had not tried drugs. Addicts who tend to stop, not by choice, would not stop because drugs would be more accessible if legalized. The result of drug abuse is thousands of addicts in denial. The good news is that the United States had 286 million dollars and 81,762 drug seizures due to drugs alone, but the bad news is that the number of prisoners has reached 70 percent which will cost the taxpayers 30 million dollars a year to put them in jail annually....   [tags: essays research papers]

Free Essays
375 words | (1.1 pages) | Preview

War On Drugs

- Have you ever heard the expression “War on drugs”?. That was first used in 1972 when Richard Nixon described a series of govern-mental programs intended to suppress the consumption of certain recreational drugs. Marijuana was one of them. However the first attack on Marijuana occurred not in 1972 but in1937 when the Marijuana TaxAct was passed. According to Legalizationofmarijuna.com Harry Anslinger (bureau of narcotics commissioner) testified in hearings on The subject that the hemp plant needed to be banned because it had a violent “effect on the degenerate races.” This referred specifically to Mexican immigrants who had entered the country, seeking jobs during The Great Depression....   [tags: essays research papers]

Free Essays
433 words | (1.2 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs in the USA

- The War On Drugs in the USA One of the most explosive issues in the current American political climate is illegal drug use. Drug abuse is intimately connected to problems like crime, economic discrimination, and race relations, and is a topic of great controversy for many Americans....   [tags: Papers]

Good Essays
458 words | (1.3 pages) | Preview

Drugs and Decay

- Drugs and Decay Drugs and decay; Iran; Iran's losing fight against drugs. (International)(Brief Article) Full Text: COPYRIGHT 2001 Economist Newspaper Ltd. TABOO subjects, Muhammad Khatami has insisted, should be talked about. Before he was elected president in 1997, most Iranians were unaware of their high level of drug addiction. But now, thanks to press reports and unexpectedly lively debate, everyone knows that the country has about 2m opium and heroin addicts, and that the effects are tugging at the social fabric....   [tags: essays papers]

Free Essays
523 words | (1.5 pages) | Preview

Marijuana and the War on Drugs

- Marijuana and the War on Drugs I have often wondered why the "War on Drugs" has not been very effective, in fact, it really has done nothing. Take for example marijuana. It is banned in any form of growth and use everywhere in the United States. Yet, this drug gets just as much use as alcohol. I probably know just about as many "potheads" as I do alcoholics, yet the persistence of the government to waste countless billions of dollars to try and wipe out the use of this drug is pathetic. Take for example a part of our history....   [tags: Papers]

Good Essays
524 words | (1.5 pages) | Preview

The War on Drugs and Criminal Procedure

- The criminal procedure has many aspects that can protect people’s rights from illegal practices of the law. Just to name a few of the aspects of the criminal procedures; the fourth amendment states that a citizen is secure in their home and property from unreasonable search and seizure. Another aspect and the aspect that I will be talking about in this paper is the exclusionary rule. The exclusionary rule bans introduction of “good” evidence obtained by “bad” law enforcement. This basically means that evidence that could be used that would otherwise determine that the defendant was/is guilty is inadmissible due to bad police conduct....   [tags: exlcusionary, rule, evidence, enforcement]

Good Essays
524 words | (1.5 pages) | Preview

Debate On Drugs

- The debate over drugs continues to disturb the American public. Many Americans take at face value the assumptions that drugs cause addiction, which leads to crime, and that addiction is an illness. Yet abundant evidence exits to support the view that legalizing illegal drugs can help solve the drug problem in America. Hi, my name is Evan Dana. Today I am going to discuss why legalizing illegal drugs can help this appalling problem that we face today in U.S. society. Let's begin by accepting a fact: drugs are everywhere in America....   [tags: essays research papers]

Good Essays
533 words | (1.5 pages) | Preview

war on drugs

- A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski (5-28-01) Tom Cohen of the Associated Press reported on May 28, 2001 that Canada's drug control policy is slowly but clearly shifting toward decriminalizing marijuana. This Canadian political movement is in opposition to current trends in US drug law and could influence future direction of drug policy in the United States toward a public health addiction policy that focuses upon prevention and treatment and away from a criminal justice drug policy that focuses upon punishment as a deterrent....   [tags: essays research papers]

Free Essays
551 words | (1.6 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs

- The “War on Drugs” is the name given to the battle of prohibition that the United States has been fighting for over forty years. And it has been America’s longest war. The “war” was officially declared by President Richard Nixon in the 1970’s due to the abuse of illegitimate drugs. Nixon claimed it as “public enemy number one” and enacted laws to fight the importation of narcotics. The United States’ War on Drugs began in response to cocaine trafficking in the late 1980’s. As the war continues to go on, winning it hardly seems feasible....   [tags: Drugs, argumentative, persuasive]

Good Essays
581 words | (1.7 pages) | Preview

Government Spending: What Can Be Done?

- ... The legalization of drugs would bring about new jobs for the growing, selling, distribution, and quality control of drugs, which also would decrease the drug trafficking and decrease in death by accidental overdosing. Ending the war on drugs alone would save the United States fifty billion dollars a year. As George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Those who oppose me believe the War on Terror has been well worth the investment. I stand on the other side and believe that the war has not been very effective....   [tags: welfare, war, drugs, violence, terror]

Better Essays
618 words | (1.8 pages) | Preview

War on Drugs is a Domestic Problem

- WAR ON DRUGS IS A DOMESTIC PROBLEM The new policy that the government has unfolded on the War on Drugs, has pointed the finger of responsibility toward stopping terrorism by stopping the individual drug users. Terrorism affects the entire world, and the United States has assumed a position at the spearhead to confront it. There is no way to actually stop terrorism, but one way to financially divert the problem is to stop the money from flowing to the organizations. The War on Drugs has been taken to a new level since the attack on the United States in September....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

Good Essays
624 words | (1.8 pages) | Preview

War on Drugs Speech

- WAR ON DRUGS SPEECH The following speech is to be presented to the youth of America currently enrolled as High School Students. The topic of the War on Drugs directly coincides with the War on Terrorism. In order to stop terrorism, the funding through drugs must be stopped. The presenter will be using first person speech to make for a more personable presentation. On September 11th the United States became the victim of terrorism on our own shores. Many of you here are very aware of the Al Queda by now, and the name of Osama bin Laden has become a household term....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

Good Essays
626 words | (1.8 pages) | Preview

The Criterion for Keeping Drugs Illegal

- Everyone has tried drugs at least once in their life, but not everyone gets addicted to that. In fact most people just use it occasionally. The most important issue is what can be categorized as drug, in terms of being harmful to human body. Alcohol and cigarettes can be considered drug because both are addictive and have negative effects on the body system. So, we are talking about legal and illegal drugs. The first question that comes to the mind is what criterion of a drug makes it illegal....   [tags: war on drugs, drug commerce and market]

Better Essays
637 words | (1.8 pages) | Preview

Is the War on Drugs Being at All Effective

- Having spent over $400 billion over the course of the American drug prohibition, it’s sensible to ask the question, “Are we making any progress?” Shockingly, the answer from experts on both sides of the issue seems to be the same; a resounding “no”. It is clear at this point that the War on Drugs has ultimately failed, however the consequences of pursuing the issue have left North America in a disastrous state, with many economic as well as social issues. With people spending approximately three times as much money buying drugs as the government spends fighting against them, how can this war possibly be won when the government has to spend so much money combating in opposition to it....   [tags: American drug prohbition]

Better Essays
647 words | (1.8 pages) | Preview

It's Time to Make Drugs Legal for Personal Use

- It's Time to Make Drugs Legal for Personal Use Drugs are such a controversy and people have such strong opinions about whether they should be legal or illegal. I don’t have a strong opinion on this topic; I’m easily swayed. For the most part though, I think that they should be legalized because people do it anyways and if they were legal the government could regulate their use and sale more, the government should be receiving the profits of the drug business rather than dealers, marijuana has most of the same effects as cigarettes, and it’s been proven over and over how prohibition doesn’t seem to work....   [tags: Legalization Drugs]

Good Essays
659 words | (1.9 pages) | Preview

War on Drugs Should Focus on Traffickers

- WAR ON DRUGS SHOULD FOCUS ON TRAFFICKERS The War on Drugs is a never-ending struggle that appears to have no end. The problem with fighting the supply and demand sides of the war is that the suppliers often do not appear to play by the same rules of engagement. In order for the United States to successfully battle the War on Drugs, the focus should be centered on activities within American borders. When the United States declared the War on Drugs, there was an assumption that other nations wanted to fight the war along side....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

Good Essays
682 words | (1.9 pages) | Preview

Age of Anxiety Versus Contemporary Humanity

- ... Max and quick production was the new way. We will base our demonstration in many diverse examples to show how both periods are interrelated. The Age of Anxiety is a time period from 1914-1950. This era was filled with uncertainty, World Wars, and change in how human perceived the world. The present time period can be known as the contemporary Humanities (from 1970 to present) but for some scholars it can be defined as the cold war1950 to 1991. Another word it is not rigid temp period. The contemporary age appears to have better human condition than the Age of Anxiety when you think about what each age has to offer....   [tags: war, technology, drugs]

Better Essays
690 words | (2 pages) | Preview

Criminalization of Certain Drugs Perpetuates Crime Instead of Deterring It

- “[The war on drugs] has created a multibillion-dollar black market, enriched organized crime groups and promoted the corruption of government officials throughout the world,” noted Eric Schlosser in his essay, “A People’s Democratic Platform”, in which he presents a case for decriminalizing controlled substances. Schlosser identifies a few of the crippling side-effects of the current drug policy put in place by the Richard Nixon administration in the 1970s to prohibit drug use and the violence and destruction that ensue from it....   [tags: war on drugs, multibillion dollar business]

Better Essays
697 words | (2 pages) | Preview

Why Drugs Should Be Legal

- America is wasting it’s money and resources. It’s trying restrict something on which restrictions don’t have any effects: drugs. People who don’t use recreational drugs don’t do so because of the health risks; people who do use drugs would whether or not they are legal. The fact that they are illegal makes little difference. Nevertheless, $15,000,000,000 goes directly into drug prohibition every year, and has very little effect. Very much money is spent to pay police narcotics officers, fund the D.E.A., and house drug-offenders in prison....   [tags: essays research papers]

Free Essays
753 words | (2.2 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs And The Civil Rights Movement

- According to the Oxford Index, “whether called mass incarceration, mass imprisonment, the prison boom, or hyper incarceration, this phenomenon refers to the current American experiment in incarceration, which is defined by comparatively and historically extreme rates of imprisonment and by the concentration of imprisonment among young, African American men living in neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage.” It should be noted that there is much ambiguity in the scholarly definition of the newly controversial social welfare issue as well as a specific determination in regards to the causes and consequences to American society....   [tags: African American, United States, Incarceration]

Better Essays
754 words | (2.2 pages) | Preview

Legalizing Drugs to Help Society

- In 1982, Ronald Reagan declared the “War on Drugs”, with a ------ dollar budget to enforce these new laws. Forty years later, that budget is at ----- billion dollars, and the addiction rate remains the same. In order to regain control over the criminal acts and money problems associated with drug prohibition, the government needs to legalize all drugs in order to control the manufacture, distribution, and recipients of all drugs. Drugs are never going to go away. The economic demand for drugs is inelastic, meaning that its consumers do not care about the price as long as they get their fix....   [tags: addiction, money, distribution, manufacture]

Better Essays
759 words | (2.2 pages) | Preview

Ameican live today with drugs

- There are few problems as persistent in American life today as drugs. Despite the solutions put forth by our countries leaders by seizing ships and imposing hasher jail sentences. The government policies have failed to reduce drug abuse and crimes resulting form the use of drugs. The amount of money budgeted to combat the illegal drug problems in our society have increased greatly to the point where jails are filled or overflowing with drug related criminals. In 1988, the nations anti-drug crusade under President Ronald Reagan cost $4.8 billion a year; by 1995 the anti-drug budget had almost quadrupled, to $13.2 billion, under President Bill Clinton....   [tags: essays research papers]

Free Essays
759 words | (2.2 pages) | Preview

Legalizing Drugs to Win the War on Drugs

- The validation of medicine has been an issue in politics for a long time. Many people think that the validation of drugs will give the government more control and there will be less crime on the streets. Another issue is that the government will be able to profit money off the drugs and be able to control prices and what age you will have to be to be able to buy the drug. On the issue of less crime on the streets I think that with the government controlling drugs there will be no drug dealers on the streets and no underage people using the drugs....   [tags: essays research papers]

Better Essays
783 words | (2.2 pages) | Preview

The United States Failing War on Drugs

- ... When looking at facts; however it could change someone’s opinion. Jeffrey A. Miron from MIT estimated that the state Massachusetts would reduce its criminal justice spending by $120.5 million per year. Most of which are court fees ($68.5 million), followed by police ($40.3 million) and corrections ($13.6 million). The United States jail more of its citizens than any other country (cato). Most of which are non violent criminals. This could be from the failed war on drugs and mandatory minimum jail sentences....   [tags: marijuana, economy, medical]

Better Essays
790 words | (2.3 pages) | Preview

War is Hell, War is Peace - War is Necessary

- War is controversial, unfortunate, and certainly misunderstood; it is a transforming agent, a catalyst for change. Nonetheless, many people focus on war's negative consequences, while positive effects are downplayed. War is a necessary evil in the sense that it stabilizes population, encourages technological advances, and has a very high economic value. Without war, the overpopulation of the human race is inevitable. It is this reason that war is a useful tool by not only Mother Nature, but also humans themselves to institute population control....   [tags: War]

Better Essays
796 words | (2.3 pages) | Preview

Film Review : End The Drugs War

- When watching Russell Brand’s 2014 BBC documentary, entitled End the Drugs War, I found it to be very interesting and informative. I liked how they showed real stories and gave us a real worldview of what is going on in other countries such as Britain overall. I felt this documentary was very powerful and showed viewers how being an addict or a user is debilitating and how this is an illness. This illness obviously leads to many criminal/dangerous acts and by showing this connection of how and why it helps us to understand what these individuals are going through....   [tags: Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin, Addiction]

Better Essays
807 words | (2.3 pages) | Preview

Illegal Drugs

- Illegal Drugs The product is illegal drugs. The people who deal these drugs are criminals. That's what makes the drug business different then any other. *Alcohol is a drug, yet adults are allowed to use alcohol products. *Nicotine is a drug, yet adults are allowed to use many different forms of tobacco products, all which have tobacco in them. *The drug Caffeine can be found in many everyday items, like soda candy bars. Think of how many cops we would need if caffeine products were illegal....   [tags: essays research papers]

Free Essays
807 words | (2.3 pages) | Preview

War on Drugs Causes the Viloation of Individual Rights

- Everyone knows the parable of the emperor with no clothes. The significance of a child being the one to point out the emperor's nudity, as opposed to a sermonizing preacher or self-righteous intellectual, is simple to understand. Neither morality nor logic was responsible for stripping the emperor's veil of falsehood. All it took was the truth. One can't help but think of this when considering Gary Johnson, the Republican governor of New Mexico, who, despite pressure from power brokers at the top of his own party, has proclaimed that the emperor that is this country's war on drugs is not only naked to the world, but that its body is festering with the sores of moral decay and corruption....   [tags: Expository Cause Effect Essays]

Better Essays
829 words | (2.4 pages) | Preview

Prohibition and the War on Drugs

- Throughout history, campaigns against certain parts of life are frequently argued upon. Wars are in a state of flux, but a constant in America's policies is the Drug War. The government attempts to prevent the consumption of illicit and harmful substances, even shown in modern domestic policies. Yet with much effort, positive results was not usually yielded. Apart from the outcomes, prohibition has made a large impact on daily life. In the United States, prohibition of alcohol and opium was a visible and controversial debate....   [tags: substance criminalization]

Better Essays
893 words | (2.6 pages) | Preview

America's War on Drugs - The Prison Industrial Complex

- ... However, inmates with children are perhaps the most affected by the pains of imprisonment as the separation and loss of contact to these children effect both the parents, children and all loved ones close by. According to a study done by Joseph Murray (2005) titled, The effects of imprisonment on families and children of prisoners, "imprisonment of a partner can be emotionally devastating and practically debilitating", causing a "loss of income, social isolation, difficulties of maintaining contact, deterioration in relationships, and extra burdens of childcare can compound a sense of loss and hopelessness for prisoners’ partners (para 7)”....   [tags: criminal justice system, drugs, crime]

Strong Essays
905 words | (2.6 pages) | Preview

Our Right to Drugs

- Our Right to Drugs You might be tempted to label Thomas Szasz, author of Our Right to Drugs, The Case for a Free Market, a counter-culture hippie. However, this analysis couldn’t be further from the truth. Szasz, a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, is a major supporter of civil liberties. He sees the so-called "War on Drugs" as one of the worst atrocities that the American Government has perpetrated on its people. Szasz contends that the prohibition of certain drugs, including common prescription drugs, is nothing more than the government telling the people that "father knows best"....   [tags: Papers]

Good Essays
906 words | (2.6 pages) | Preview

The Relationship of Terrorism and Drugs

- The Relationship of Terrorism and Drugs Terrorism has many and varied links to the drug trade. Terrorists may use drugs for funding of their cause; may include drugs as part of their cause, as in Peru; or terrorism may be the result of the drug trade, as it is in Columbia's Extraditables and Italy's mafia. With the many linkages between the two crimes it seems that to crackdown on one you must crackdown on the other. The ties between the two are such that enforcement of one will hurt the other, to stop terrorism it would be useful to stop it's funding, purpose, and cause....   [tags: Persuasive Argumentative Essays Terror ]

Better Essays
909 words | (2.6 pages) | Preview

The Prohibition Of Psychoactive Drugs

- “Ladies and gentlemen I would like to summarize for you the meeting that I have just had with bipartisan leaders. […] America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse” was Richard Nixon’s famous opening line at a press conference in 1971 after his meeting regarding an intensified program for Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (Remarks about an Intensified Program for Drug Abuse Prevention and Control 1). The phrase “War on Drugs” is a term commonly applied to the campaign of prohibition of drugs with the intention to reduce the illegal drug trade....   [tags: Drug addiction, Illegal drug trade, Drug]

Better Essays
913 words | (2.6 pages) | Preview

History of the War on Drugs

- ... This treaty would allow the U.S to extradite the cartel traffickers for a trial in the U.S. This caused Pablo to attack the government and this ultimately caused the Medellin cartel’s downfall. In the early 1990’s the cartel’s leaders were apprehended and the leader Pablo Escobar was killed in a firefight after having to run for his life. (PBS2). The Cali Cartel was an established in 1972 and prospered until 1992. After the downfall of the Medellin Cartel the Cali Cartel quickly filled their shoes becoming the most powerful cartel....   [tags: America's need for drugs]

Strong Essays
915 words | (2.6 pages) | Preview

The Key to Stopping Drugs Is Making the Drug Cartels

- Just imagine a world without the distribution of illegal drugs. Now it could either be a disturbing place or a peaceful place. For it to be a peaceful place it would require quite a bit of money to control the certain types of drugs that are being distributed. Thus, for that to happen it would require some money. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, The U.S. federal government had spent at least $15 billion dollars in 2010. However, the government increases the amount of spending on drug control to help reduce the distribution of drugs annually....   [tags: distribution of illegal drugs]

Better Essays
917 words | (2.6 pages) | Preview

The War on Drugs: The House I live In Documentary

- A Nameless Inmate shouts to the camera behind bars in the Documentary “The house I Live In, he shouted “Just wipe me out straight off the map for nothing. 57 years for a small rock . I wanna know why i’m treated like I murder somebody. The war on drugs, a war made invisible to society, but one of the most destructive wars in our nation today.Politician’s call it a successful proposition for the nation, following the motto- go hard or go home,Politician's Increasing the sentencing of drug related crimes by the hour, Law enforcements cleaning up the streets.Locking up every drug offender that cross their paths....   [tags: law enforcement, sentence, minorities]

Better Essays
927 words | (2.6 pages) | Preview

Corruption : Ronald Reagan 's War On Drugs

- Corruption Ronald Reagan led us to understand that drug use has led to the prevalence of corruption all over in the country especially within our police force. Police share assets after raid and seizure of drugs thereby leading to an undercover business led by police officers. This makes it easy for the police to deal in corruption due to the cash involved with these types of raids. The corrupt police are therefore the major winners of the “War on Drugs” due to confiscation of property. Another group of individuals who benefit from these drugs are terrorists whom have played a major role in many undertakings meant to derail the national government and undermine the work achieved....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Drug, Police]

Strong Essays
930 words | (2.7 pages) | Preview

All Drugs Should be Legal for Personal Use

- All Drugs Should be Legal for Personal Use The war on drugs is costing us over 100 billion dollars to fight each year, and we’re only fighting a monster which we are making bigger with each punch. It’s not drugs, but drug laws themselves that have created this monster. Drug use is part of human nature, but the unimaginable wealth involved leads to the corruption of the police, judges, and elected officials. There is no reason to have the government regulating what goes into an individual’s body....   [tags: Legalization Drugs]

Good Essays
941 words | (2.7 pages) | Preview

War on Drugs: Germany compared to the Netherlands

- The War on Drugs One of the key aspects to consider when evaluating domestic political actors preferences towards policies pertaining to illegal drug use in both the Netherlands and Germany is to evaluate their ideological differences. The Netherlands attitude towards drug policy revolves around limiting the negative impacts illegal drug use has on society by implementing laws catered towards decriminalization. On the other hand, Germany considers drugs a detriment to society and promotes legislation that proactively restricts the flow of supply and demand of illegal drugs within the country....   [tags: Drug Enforcement, Sociology]

Strong Essays
966 words | (2.8 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs : Why It Should End With Decriminalization

- Trent Vuillemot ENG 201: Bauer Assignment 2, Draft 1 Audience: Adults opposed to decriminalizing drugs The War on Drugs Why it should end with decriminalization Every 19 seconds there is a drug arrest in the United States. (Drug War Statistics) On July 17th, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs. Drug abuse, according to the president, was "public enemy number one". Now, a little more than four decades later the U.S. has the largest incarceration rate in the world, with 51% of those in jail for non-violent drug offenses....   [tags: Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin, Prohibition]

Strong Essays
981 words | (2.8 pages) | Preview

drugs`

- This is a movie about a mother named Sara Goldfarb played by Ellen Burstyn, her son and only child Harry played by Jared Leto, his best friend Tyrone C. Love played by Marlon Wayans, and Harry’s girlfriend Marion Silver played by Jennifer Connelly. The movie opens with a scene in which Harry is in the process of taking his mother’s television against her wishes. His mother is addicted to her T.V., and now that Harry has left home, it is her whole universe. Her favorite show is one where a man who has lost a lot of weight runs a game show....   [tags: essays research papers]

Strong Essays
988 words | (2.8 pages) | Preview

The Legacy of Ronald Reagan

- Ronald Reagan is to this date the oldest serving president, and the effects of his presidency have affected not only the United States of America but most of the world as well. The consensus among historians is that Ronald Reagan left a lasting legacy that was a great one in numerous ways. His Reaganomics improved America’s economy greatly, and secured its future economic prosperity. He also fought communism head on and was able to end it in most parts of the world, but more importantly in Soviet Russia....   [tags: fall of Berlin Wall, war on drugs]

Better Essays
991 words | (2.8 pages) | Preview

How Successful Is The War On Drugs?

- The war on drugs has maintained an accumulation of prohibitions on illegal drugs and mandatory minimum sentencing strategies for drug offenders. Incarceration rates have also increased due to the increase of laws against illegal drugs. In Eugene Jarecki’s film, The House I Live In, Jarecki states that the penalties for crack users were harsher than penalties for regular cocaine users. This suggests that penalties are more of a double standard theory. The “War on Drugs” is more of a failure that places restrictions and prohibitions on drug offenders and has not necessarily shown a sense of equal stability; thus, leading to faulty sentences, misinterpretations of the real purpose of this initi...   [tags: Illegal Drugs, War on Drugs]

Better Essays
995 words | (2.8 pages) | Preview

Anti-Drugs Policies in the 1960s

- ... When LSD was first synthesized in a laboratory the world was two years away from the end of World War II. Albert Hoffman, a Swiss scientist is credited with the discovery of LSD’s hallucinogenic properties he was the first person to use LSD to intentionally go on an acid “trip,” the day became known as bicycle day. One score years later, LSD was being used recreationally by the new counterculture, or hippies. Many people turned to this mind-altering drug as way to experience nature, and the company of others....   [tags: illicit narcotics, prevention, columbian cartels]

Better Essays
1002 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs, Mexico And The U.s.

- Interrelationships can be seen throughout history, these relationships have played vital roles in various historical outcomes. Inside the War on Drugs, Mexico and the U.S. have deeply intertwined histories that play a crucial part within the war. Since the middle of the 20th century, events within the drug war that occurred in the U.S. had an effect on Mexico and vice versa. These two countries have influenced each other for years and have played key roles in how the War on Drugs has become what it is today....   [tags: Mexican Drug War, Illegal drug trade, Mexico]

Better Essays
1003 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

U.S. Fights the War on Drugs

- The United States has been fighting the war on drugs since 1971 when Richard Nixon declared the name “War on Drugs”. What does “War on Drugs” mean. What is the cost to taxpayers. What is the Obama administration doing about the “War on Drugs”. What countries are the drugs coming from and going to. What are the solutions that we as a nation should be thinking and implementing. Is Decriminalization of drugs the answer to the problem. The drug problem in the United States is almost impossible to control, but maybe with combined efforts of the different leaders of nations involved can help end the devastating corruption of the drugs wars....   [tags: taxpayers, traffickers, cocaine]

Better Essays
1004 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

Liberal Views On The War On Drugs

- ... The liberal view on the war on drugs is clear; a change in the nation’s drug policy is needed. Sasha Abramsky, writing in the liberal magazine, the Nation, uses California as an example in which getting rid of the harsh drug policies would be a huge benefit to the economy. In the article titled “The War Against the ‘War on Drugs,’” Abramsky finds a correlation between the drug policies and incarceration rates. Abramsky writes about how some of the state’s political figures are finding that the war on drugs is “responsible for the spike in prison populations over the past thirty years” and they agree that the California’s drug policies “are not financially viable and no longer command maj...   [tags: Drug addiction, Prohibition, Drug, Conservatism]

Better Essays
1016 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

The War Against Drugs End

- ... In order to fight back, people need current information about the ever changing world of drugs. They need to know what is going on in the world around them. Facts and figures about the dangers, overdoses, and deaths should be openly announced to the public on a regular basis, so that the people know how bad the drug problem is becoming. IV drug use promotes the spreading of diseases: HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, and MRSA are just a few of the incurable diseases that have the potential to be spread through IV drug use; but, due to the lack of proper disposal of these needles it is not just the user that is put at risk....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Heroin, Drug]

Better Essays
1017 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

The Failure of the War on Drugs

- In the early 1980s, policymakers and law enforcement officials stepped up efforts to combat the trafficking and use of illicit drugs. This was the popular “war on drugs,” hailed by conservatives and liberals alike as a means to restore order and hope to communities and families plagued by anti-social or self-destructive pathologies. By reducing illicit drug use, many claimed, the drug war would significantly reduce the rate of serious nondrug crimes - robbery, assault, rape, homicide and the like....   [tags: Critical Thinking Essays]

Strong Essays
1021 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs And How It Affects Women

- ... During the crack epidemic black females would be the target of drug laws and convictions. However as methamphetamine would rise in popularity in the United States, so would the convictions of white women by 48.4% of and a decrease of black women by 24.6% since the year 2000 (Forbes.com) Most women who would be convicted on drug charges would fall victim to what is known as the girlfriend problem. According to the ACLU this is when a women takes the rap for a male counterpart in hopes that because they are a woman and may not have any prior convictions will get off on the charges....   [tags: Prison, Criminal justice, Crime, Punishment]

Better Essays
1021 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

Failures of the Drug War

- American law enforcement has made drug enforcement one of its highest priorities for almost forty years. However, more people than ever are beginning to question the true benefits of the Drug War. The President of the United States, Barack Obama has even referred to the Drug War as an “utter failure” in the YouTube video “Barack Obama on Marijuana Decriminalization (2004).” These kinds of negative opinions on the Drug War are not unjustified. The Drug War has cost Americans 33 billion dollars and countless lives (Miron Par....   [tags: America, Law Enforcement, Drugs]

Strong Essays
1023 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

The Market for Illegal Drugs and The War on Drugs

- In 2009, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while on a state visit to Mexico said something no other political figure had been courageous enough to admit at that point – that the war on drug is a failure. In her own words, she said: “Clearly, what we have been doing has not worked… our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade and our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these [Cartels] criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.” Taking a closer look at the economic forces that have been driving the supply end of this business as well as evaluating the economic costs of the war will give us a b...   [tags: economic costs of drug prohibition]

Better Essays
1032 words | (2.9 pages) | Preview

The War Of The Vietnam War

- Many of those supporting the Vietnam War would argue with those against the war saying that it was winnable. There have been plausible evidence and information found suggesting that the war was not unwinnable. Lewis Sorley wrote in his book, A Better War, that the “fighting wasn’t over, but the war was won.” He states, “…the VC had virtually been exterminated and the NVA, which had endeavored to go big time with divisional sized units, had been drive across the border of Cambodia.” The war was winnable because of the experience of America 's military and the amount of provisions America had....   [tags: Vietnam War, United States, Vietnam]

Strong Essays
1041 words | (3 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs And Its Effects On The United States

- For almost two decades, the countries of the United Nations have emphasized ‘zero tolerance’ and punishment based policies associated with the prohibition of use, possession, production and trafficking of illicit drugs (Shift Toward More Flexible, Treatment-focused). The goal in this was to eventually have a “completely drug-free world”. Unfortunately, the policies being enforced have resulted in serious issues over the years. Mass incarceration has skyrocketed, the rapid spread of HIV and Hepatitis C linked with injection drugs has increased dramatically, and the lack of substance abuse treatment has caused serious societal and human health affects....   [tags: Drug addiction, Heroin, Illegal drug trade, Drug]

Strong Essays
1046 words | (3 pages) | Preview

The Unbeatable War on Drugs

- Society’s view of drugs has vastly changed based on the sociological imagination of the times. Sociological imagination basically means that we are able to view ourselves as a part of one large group rather than individuals. Human’s behavior and attitude have evolved based on the social forces that have adjusted around them. This changing of ideas has been clearly apparent in the Americas and is a prime example of the prohibition of alcohol from 1920 to 1933. The illegality of alcohol provided the Mafia with an opportunity to produce liquor and therefore it had considerable control over those who wanted their alcohol and service....   [tags: benefits of legalization outweigh the negatives]

Better Essays
1050 words | (3 pages) | Preview

War On Drugs : Who Profits

- ... And with the more people there are jailed, the more money there is to be made in the prison business. Big Pharma groups are enjoying the war on drugs because the war on drugs doesn 't target the drugs they sell. Not all drugs are at risk in the war on drugs. Take Ecstasy for example. Ecstasy is a drug the fills the brain with serotonin, a chemical our brains naturally produce. The sale of it is prohibited in the U.S. But take its more sophisticated sister-drug, Prozac, which is legal and compare the two....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Pharmacology]

Better Essays
1057 words | (3 pages) | Preview

The War on Drugs: Should Marijuana Be Legalized

- The word "marijuana" has risen a concerned eyebrow in almost every American home today. Those that oppose legalizing the use of the plant automatically believe its use is to smoke it, but those that do not choose to use marijuana are thought to be in favor of keeping it illegal. Opposing views on the subject of decriminalizing the plant has caused much controversy over the past twenty years and still remains an important issue. The legalization of marijuana in the Unites States would drastically reduce crime in our cities and form a more productive society through its positive uses....   [tags: delta-9 - tetrahydrocannibinol, plant]

Strong Essays
1060 words | (3 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs

- ... The “justice” system that we currently use is hugely profitable for certain large corporations such as the for-profit prisons. These for-profit prisons feed off of the fact that these young minorities are being locked up at rates higher than ever before. In turn when these rates happen to go down and profits start to dip, these businesses turn to the police to do something about it. If they don’t do something about it, or if people try to push back against the for-profit prisons, they use their leverage as a huge source of employment for the people in the areas that these mega-prisons are located and suggest that they may be forced to shut down and leave the community high and dry....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Prohibition, Crime, Prison]

Better Essays
1061 words | (3 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs And The United States

- ... Yet, you would think the problems would lower throughout the years but study has shown that drug use has increased throughout the years. Well according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse drugs, like marijuana, have increased in people of ages 12 and above. In 2012 an estimated 2.8 million new users of illicit drugs were under 18 and more than half of those new users began with Marijuana. Drugs are nothing new, and have been following through the school and streets of our children. It is so easy to buy drugs that the concerns of dismantling Drug Cartel should be switched to the prevention and easy accessibility of acquiring drugs....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Drug addiction, Drug, Heroin]

Better Essays
1065 words | (3 pages) | Preview

America 's War On Drugs

- American drug use is at an all time high. After all, drugs have been around for thousands of years used for all different purposes. Yet some drugs are legal and some are not. Why are drugs that have always been used, illegal. During the ‘80s when there was a mass hysteria about illegal drug use, the government began its war on drugs.("A Brief History Of The Drug War | Drug Policy Alliance") The war has a large effect on countries all over the world surrounding the United States’ issue. People wonder if the war should even be fought at all since there is confusion surrounding the facts....   [tags: Drug addiction, Addiction, Illegal drug trade]

Strong Essays
1071 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

The United States War On Drugs

- ... 460). Alexander points out that, “more African American adults are under correctional control now than were enslaved in 1850” (Alexander, p. 455). This is a shocking statistic, this suggest that most African Americans are affected by the war on drugs, whether it be themselves, a family member, or a loved one. With some many African Americans unable to vote in some states, and unable to find good housing and employment, it is no wonder that recidivism rates for prisoners is at an all time high in the United States....   [tags: African American, Jim Crow laws, Punishment]

Better Essays
1077 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

The Failed War on Drugs

- In 2010 the U.S federal government spent 15 billion dollars on the War on Drugs. This equals a rate of nearly 500 dollars per second and does not include state spending or housing costs for those jailed in this failed War. Despite all the money spent and harsh drug sentencing policies, drug use in America has been on the rise for several decades. With increased drug use comes increased drug related crime, increased HIV infections and of course the ever increasing costs involved in a war that simply cannot be won in the traditional sense....   [tags: Drug Crime, Addiction, HIV, Solutions]

Strong Essays
1077 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

The 1960s Countercultural Sensation

- The 1960s counterculture was a cultural sensation which first began to take shape in the United States and from there on it spread throughout the rest of the west. It spread sometime in the early sixties to early seventies. The counterculture sensation began to catch on quickly and it eventually went on to become groundbreaking. Several components contributed in making the counterculture of the 1960s a unique era from the other opposition movements of the previous eras. The post-war baby boom created an unexceptional amount of youngsters who were an integral part of making the counterculture movement....   [tags: war, race, realtions, sexuality, rights, drugs]

Better Essays
1079 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

The War on Drugs

- There are some that would argue that the war on drugs was blind justice. Others would say that the war on drugs is a war against the minority males. Then again, others would say the war on drugs is a war against women. This last argument, is not as often discussed as it is prevalent in the statistics researchers discover in studies on the war on drugs. Some of what many would view as the positive outcomes of a necessary policy, others would recognize as a distraction from the disparities and the biases lying beneath the surface....   [tags: Drug Abuse]

Strong Essays
1080 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

America 's War On Drugs

- ... This is why Ether Nadelmann (2014) said in his TED Talk that “what we really need to do is to bring the underground drug markets as much as possible aboveground and regulate them as intelligently as we can to minimize both the harms of drugs and the harms of prohibitionist policies.” By doing so we could generate enormous public tax revenue from this commodity and invest the profits into productive drug treatment and education programs. Another major phenomenon that is a resulted from the current policies is that it is effectively turning otherwise law abiding citizens into criminals and tossing them into prison for simple possession and/or consumption....   [tags: Drug, Drug addiction, Prohibition]

Better Essays
1082 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs

- In recent years the so-called “war on drugs” has taken over the streets and back alleys of suburban America. It has caused a problem that mirrors the prohibition days of the 1920’s and early 30’s. Politicians trying to play “tough guy,” are only contributing to more violence. Their laws have created an underground drug-trade, in which modern drug-dealers have taken the place of the bootleggers of old. The real question is whether or not this “war” is working. Most people would like to believe that it is, and there are a few statistics that show it has....   [tags: Informative Essays]

Good Essays
1092 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

Drugs and Alcohol

- Drugs and Alcohol For nearly 85 years, the government has prohibited pscychoactive drugs. American leaders attempted to do the same to alcohol with Prohibition in the 1920?s. In any society, drug use plays a part in the people?s culture. Whether it be a native taking hallucinogens for a religious ceremony, a destitute alcoholic drinking on a city street, or a group of teenagers smoking marijuana, drugs and alcohol have the same effects in any culture. The question of ?why do people use drugs. has been a dilemma which American medical experts and government leaders have fought to answer for years....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

Strong Essays
1096 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

The War Of War During The Gulf War

- ... As of now, the US Military has adopted very strict policies in Afghanistan and Iraq about alcohol in theater - it is basically forbidden by General Order #1. This is largely because the United States is fighting in Muslim countries, where alcohol is nominally forbidden. Up to and including Vietnam, there was always alcohol available to soldiers, albeit under somewhat controlled conditions - never on front lines or when on duty, but okay on “rest and relaxation” periods. Ten years ago, in the midst of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Army at least was very lenient about who was allowed to join and the level of misconduct required to get thrown out....   [tags: Iraq War, 2003 invasion of Iraq, Psychology]

Better Essays
1097 words | (3.1 pages) | Preview

Combating Drug Use in America

- The use of illegal drugs has plagued society for thousands of years. Illicit drugs use can be found all around the world. The War on Drugs is a term applied to a campaign on the prohibition of drugs of drug use, with the effort to reduced illegal drug trades. The current War on Drugs has affected our society physically and emotionally, and should end for the better of our society immediately. When the War on Drugs began, it was “The expectation that drug trafficking in the United States could be greatly reduced in a short amount of time through federal policing and yet the war on drugs continues to this day.” (Becker1) The war on drugs is an unwinnable war....   [tags: richard nixon, illegal drugs, war on drugs]

Strong Essays
1107 words | (3.2 pages) | Preview

The War on Drugs

- States are under a burden that seems to be growing out of control. Since “the war on drugs” the prison population has increased exponentially, and the states are trying to keep up with the burden of housing, feeding, and giving medical treatment to prisoners. The state’s financial burden in becoming great and the government is starting to look at treatment measures that could save money. Substance abuse is an overwhelming factor in crime, for example 50% of homicides involve drugs and alcohol. (Parks, G., Marlatt, A....   [tags: social reform, legal reform, social issues]

Strong Essays
1109 words | (3.2 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs And America

- The War On Drugs Around fifty percent of the inmates in federal prison are serving time for drug charges. The war on drugs started in the 1970s under the Nixon administration, but is still a very big issue in the government today. According to Nationwide Trends, an estimated one in three adults have used drugs in their lifetime and more than 22 million Americans 12 years and older, use illegal drugs. Drugs are a very disputed part of our society today. This essay will address liberal and conservative opinions on the war on drugs....   [tags: Liberalism, Conservatism, Illegal drug trade]

Better Essays
1120 words | (3.2 pages) | Preview

Mexican/Latin American “War” on Drugs and Trafficking

- The international drug trade from Latin American states is having an impact on a global scale. The trafficking of drugs along with corruptness and murder is an international conflict that is being fought daily. There are many aspects of the drug war from Mexico and other Latin American states which have effects on United States policy as well as policies from other countries that participate in the global suppression of illegal drugs. It can be hard to differentiate between conflict and issue in regards to Latin America’s drug war and International Relations....   [tags: Drugs, Politics]

Good Essays
1125 words | (3.2 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs Is Considered A Major Problem Within The United States

- ... This allows these users to correct their problems and rejoin society after treatment, rather than resorting back to drugs. Another piece of evidence to support my argument is, “Drug research policy appears to have been more focused on understanding the neuromechanisms of addiction rather than a broader-based approach that would include underlying social conditions and practices that are integrally connected with the initiation and continuation of use as well as the disproportionate incarceration of and consequences for minority groups”(McBride, et al....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Heroin, Drug, Gang]

Better Essays
1125 words | (3.2 pages) | Preview

The Atrocities of World War II

- The only recognized atrocity of World War II was the Holocaust, but the real truth hides much deeper within. There were thousands of atrocities that occurred leading up to the war, within the years of World War II, and after the war. Many were unrecognized and undocumented and the stories of the dead still remain unknown. My purpose here is to tell the story of the men, women, and children that no one remember, or never even knew existed. The Holocaust was perhaps the most dramatic and well known atrocity of World War II because of the sheer number of deaths and crimes that had to be put on trial in Nuremburg....   [tags: Holocaust, World History, World War II]

Strong Essays
1127 words | (3.2 pages) | Preview

Drug Smuggling

- Drug Smuggling      Drug smuggling is on a current up raise and there seems to be no way of stunting it growth. But here a some ways some states are trying to slow the rate of drug smuggling.      In Illinois there is a program called “Operation Cash Crop” or the OCC. This is a combine of the ISP and the DEA. It's goal is to locate places where marijuana is grown then destroy all of it's gardens. During the span of 1983-88 these “OCC” led to 442 arrest and destroyed over 2 million marijuana plants....   [tags: Drugs Narcotics Drug War Essays]

Good Essays
1136 words | (3.2 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs Is The New Jim Crow

- In discussions of racial discrimination, one controversial issue has been the persistent oppression of Black people. Michelle Alexander would argue the war on drugs is the new Jim Crow.Ta-Nehisi Coates focuses instead on home ownership for color people and how they are forced to always be second class citizens. And The Central Park Five depicts the way in which racist ideologies serve to dehumanize people of color in order to justify that they have been robbed of their labor, civil rights, and basic human rights by a biased legal system.While I agree with all three pieces you can see the failed attempts made by African American to be equal....   [tags: African American, Racism, Law, Black people]

Better Essays
1160 words | (3.3 pages) | Preview

The War On Drugs Is The Central Idea Of The Age Of Colorblindness

- ... While some people may find a variety of statistics necessary to prove one’s argument, I personally am okay with Alexander stating her opinion and points without needing evidence to prove it. Before I begin my analytical summary of the book, it is important to note I am biased towards issues discussed in this book and it has had an influence on how I read and interpreted the book which is why I agreed with much of the ideas Alexander discussed throughout the book. As an African-American male, I am going read and understand certain elements of the book different than a Caucasian male....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Heroin, Drug, Drug addiction]

Better Essays
1166 words | (3.3 pages) | Preview

The Incarceration Of The War On Drugs

- Mass incarceration has put a large eye-sore of a target on the United States’ back. It is hurting our economy and putting us into more debt. It has considerable social consequences on children and ex-felons. Many of these incarcerations can be due to the “War on Drugs”. We should contract the use of incarceration. The past two decades have engendered a very serious and historic shift in the utilization of confinement within the United States. In 1980, there were less than five hundred thousand people confined in the nation’s prisons and jails....   [tags: Crime, Prison, United States, Violent crime]

Strong Essays
1168 words | (3.3 pages) | Preview

These results are sorted by length (in words). You may also sort these by relevance or color rating.


Your search returned 200 essays for "war on drugs":
1  2  3    Next >>