How successful is the “War on Drugs?”

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is hard to argue that the war on drugs has been particularly successful.  To see why this is so, let us first define what success would be.  Surely, success in the war on drugs would be measured by significant decreases in the amount of drug use in the United States.  However, this does not appear to be happening.  It seems that drugs are just as widely available as they ever were.  New drugs have even arisen that did not exist when the war on drugs began.  It does not seem that it is hard for anyone who wants drugs to get them.  The war on drugs has seized large quantities of drugs and put many people in jail, but it is hard to argue that the war is a success when there are still so many people using drugs and so many drugs around to be used.

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