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Luke Hamlin

  • Luke Hamlin
    Published 2 years ago
    The War on Drugs in America and the Failure of US Policy

    The War on Drugs in America and the Failure of US Policy

    Dating back to the 1960s, the supply of and demand for illegal drugs has perhaps been the worst threat to the United States justice system. In late June of 1971, President Richard Nixon stated: “America’s public enemy number one, in the United States, is drug abuse.” Due to the rise of illegal heroin, crack cocaine, opioid, and marijuana usage in adults and teenagers, the White House and the United States Congress acted with the goal of erasing the epidemic, not controlling it. Faced with the task of solving the illegal drug problem, Nixon and many future leaders, including Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush strongly supported a greater use of law enforcement and the incarceration of all offenders. Backed by Congressional funding of upwards of 105 million dollars, the “solution” for sobriety began.