Since the proclamations by President Nixon that drug abuse is American’s public enemy number one, American is at war on drugs. Americans have been waging this war on drugs for nearly a century, but the drug dealers continue to make it difficult for the detriment of society. Great emphasis has been made on the criminalization of drugs used as the government continues to spend surmountable billions of dollars on the war on drugs. As a matter of fact, the war on drugs seems to be like a losing battle as the trade on drugs causes persistent violent crime that invades the neighborhoods. Besides war on drugs being highly costly, the enforcement of drug law has been counterproductive. After the declaration on the war on drugs, the battle was fought on both the supply and the demand end. The policies that were formulated under President Nixon’s administration characterized the temperance perspective and the disease perspective of addiction.
Further over the period of time, drug policy has not experienced any considerable changes. In essence, the colossal amount of the funding has been directed to prohibition and annihilation measures. Astonishingly, the measures have failed and continue to fail. On war on drugs, the United States should significantly drift the funding towards education, prevention and treatment. In other words, America should decriminalize drug use. Based on that account, the drug law enforcement on war on drugs and incarceration are deemed to be costly, with addicts having the potential of being treated through rehabilitation.
Statistics shows that in the fall of 2015, a total of thirty six billion dollars were spent on the war on drugs a considerable amount going to law enforcement and matters on social services. Notably, this entire amount did not take into account the cost of incarceration for drug offenders (non-violent) the moment there are arrested and sentenced for jail terms.
On certain terms, what the country is spending on the war on drugs cost the taxpayers approximately half of what is spent on public schools. The question that has being lingering in people mind about the war on drugs,is whether people are on the war for the right reasons. It is obvious that illegal drugs have health effects and it does not make sense to incarcerate quite a number of people in jail to curtail them from consuming drugs. Incidentally, the main issue on war on drugs is not facing the appropriate people. Remarkably, the cost of prosecuting drug offenders on this war on drugs is very high let alone detaining them.
In recent times, there is more budgetary allocation into building of prisons as compared to building public amenities such as schools. The money spent on the war on drugs is enormous but the end result on the fight does not go along with the efforts being made. In any case, if over this time money is spent in prevention measures, education and treatment and yet the number is on the rise, then it calls for a more pragmatic approach towards to menace.
Apparently, the past few years’ failures in the war on drugs have become synonymous as new addicts are being registered every year. On this war on drugs, millions of adults continue to become addicted to hard substances (oxycontin) as well as other synthetic substances making the government shift focus from curbing the addiction problems to making these substances almost impossible to access.