The War on Drugs: A Critical Perspective Argumentative Essay

The War on Drugs: A Critical Perspective
Discusses what aims our society seeks to achieve in criminalizing the use of drugs and how effective drug laws are in achieving those aims.
# 4813 | 2,020 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2002 | AU
Published on Feb 11, 2003 in Law (Criminal) , English (Argument) , Criminology (Drugs Enforcement) , Sociology (General)

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Gives a critical analysis of "the war on drugs". Through examination of the history and present motivations of drug laws, this paper argues that the reasons behind drug criminalization are invalid. The paper also shows that the current law enforcement approaches are ineffective in dealing with the drug problem.

From the Paper:

"The illicit drug problem is seen as a paramount concern within all western communities and is clearly the source of some of society's most major public health issues. The so-called "War on Drugs" is given unprecedented resources in the area of law enforcement and often headlines our major media outlets. The reasons for our community seeking to criminalize drug use will be explored in the following essay by tracing drugs laws to the original sources of public concern and exploring how community concern has evolved since. It will be shown that the original notions that are the basis of drug criminalization have been flawed from their inception. Furthermore it will be illustrated how current and past drug laws have been completely ineffective in achieving the aims that society has sought to achieve through drug criminalization."

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