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This paper examines the moral and economic arguments on both sides of the war on drugs. First, the paper gives a history of the war on drugs, which was founded by President Nixon in 1971. Then it describes the successes and losses of this program over the years, particularly as it confronts organizes crime and drug cartels. Additionally, the paper addresses issues within the war on drugs, such as accusations of racism. Next, the paper considers reasons that people turn to drugs. The paper also explores moral and economic issues associated with the war on drugs. The paper concludes by stating that the moral and economic issues are the most important component in determining which direction the war on drugs will take in the future.
From the Paper:"From its inception, the U.S. War on Drugs has been characterized by successes and losses. Although U.S. politicians and law enforcement officials have managed to pass legislation that curtails drug use, capture important actors in the drug trade such as U.S. Mafia members and Latin American drug cartel representatives, the casualties of the war are similar to any Middle Eastern conflict deaths--Violence in Latin America and the United States lead to deaths, kidnappings, and injuries all in the name of drugs. Despite the death and destruction, many argue that the War on Drugs is not working, and that it is too expensive to fund a program that does not work. Recently, the European Commission has echoed this sentiment by finding that the War on Drugs has not reduced "the production, trafficking, availability, or use of drugs" (O'Keeffe, 2009, para. 1). In addition, the Commission suggested that the war may even be making the drug situation worse by contributing to the functioning of black markets that can sell drugs at lower prices and uproot legitimate economies and political situations."
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