The U.S. Drug Policy Argumentative Essay by Peter Pen

The U.S. Drug Policy
This paper argues that the War on Drugs and the U.S. drug policy is failing.
# 95011 | 2,810 words | 9 sources | APA | 2007
Published on May 14, 2007 in English (Argument) , Criminology (Drugs Enforcement)

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This paper explains that the War on Drugs, which began in the late 19th and early 20th century, despite the massive amount of money and time poured into the issue of drug control and criminalization, is ineffective. The author argues that the War on Drugs strategy actually has helped the drug problem become an underground and criminal black market with no protection for the consumers. The paper suggests the ever increasing costs of the War on Drugs could be better used for social programs that help low-income groups plagued by drug abuse and for educational programs that teach the real problems of drugs and the damaging complications they cause society.

Table of Contents:
War on Drugs: Where has it failed?
Narcotics Prohibition: The First National Prohibition Alcohol Prohibition
Table : Arrests for Alcohol, Violent, and Drug Offenses as Percentage of All Arrests in the U.S.
Marijuana Prohibition
The Modern War on Drugs
Effects of the War on Drugs and Inefficiency Spending
Table: Average Sentence Length in Months
Solutions for the Reform of the US Drug Policy

From the Paper:

"The 18th amendment to the US Constitution along with the Volstead Act of 1920 prohibited alcohol selling, manufacturing, and transporting. However consumption and possession of alcohol were never made illegal. By 1916 alcohol was banned in about 26 of the 48 states. Then with the new amendment alcohol consumption dropped but within the year consumption was on the rise again through the typical black market that is a continual side effect of any drug's prohibition. It was extrapolated that only within one year after the end of prohibition alcohol consumption would have been above pre-prohibition levels, but with the 21st amendment which repeals the 18th amendment prohibition came to an end."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Drug War Facts. Common Sense for Drug Policy. 2 Mar. 2007 <>.
  • "Statements by Key Founding Fathers on Religion in Government." 22 Feb. 2006 <>.
  • "Top Drug Warrior Distortions." Drug War Distortions. 21 Sept. 2006. 2 Mar. 2007 <>.
  • "Schaffer Library of Drug Policy." Drug Library. 2 Mar. 2007 <>.
  • King, Rufus B. THE NARCOTICS BUREAU AND THE HARRISON ACT:. Yale Law Journal. 1953. 784-787. 1 Mar. 2007 <>.

Cite this Argumentative Essay:

APA Format

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