The government of the United States should accept some of the responsibility for the flow of drugs into the US and the drug violence in its neighbor, Mexico.
The banning of drugs or other alcohol typically causes an increase in violent criminal activities. This occurred in the United States during the Prohibition era from 1920 to 1933. Al Capone and other gangsters made a fortune bootlegging whiskey and other alcoholic beverages. The widespread violence that accompanied Prohibition included the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago in 1929. America could not effectively enforce its ban on alcohol or limit the criminal activity surrounding it.
Today, Mexico is the scene of horrific drug violence. America has encouraged the Mexican government in its hopeless and bloody fight against the drug cartels. The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been active in Mexico for decades. The abduction and murder of DEA agent Kiki Camarena in 1985 made headlines in American newspapers. In 2019, a group of American Mormons was massacred in northern Mexico by drug cartel assassins.
Mexico's drug cartels cannot be defeated through violence. First, they are too powerful, and they control too many Mexican government officials. Second, they exist off America's insatiable demand for illegal drugs.
The best option for America going forward is to end its war on drugs and move further toward legalization. In January 2020, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize marijuana. Other states should follow this trend, and this tolerant and rational approach could be adopted for other illegal drugs as well.