The core issue of this debate is a very tricky one. Is the supply or the demand the issue, and what is the best way to get to a positive solution. I think the war on drugs in its current state is much like the Vietnam War decades ago. We have a general idea of what we want to happen, but there is no clear goal or predetermined "victory". Everyone's efforts from enforcement agencies, to counselors, to the courts are admirable, but their isn't a clear definition of purpose and no ultimate direction.
I differ from the post above, in that I believe in attacking the supply, not the demand. To fully end the demand for drugs, you have to solve the underlying issues that cause people to turn to drugs. Some will just do drugs for the thrill, and I don't believe any amount of prevention or counseling can fix that daredevil spirit in some people. Others turn to drugs to seek relief from the problems of their lives. Again, I don't see how the government can effectively or realistically prevent sorrow in the world.
I do believe that an overhaul of our judicial approach to drugs would be beneficial, as well as an increase in border security. It is a simple truth that drugs are widely available in our schools and our cities. So long as the drugs are readily available, I believe there will always be people ready to use them. With more troops and technology guarding our borders and a refocused court system I believe a true difference could be made in the struggle to protect our nation from the effects of drug use by significantly reducing the supply.
One thing I am absolutely opposed to is increased legalization as a method of controlling the drug problem on America. The link below shows the highly effective solutions to drugs used by Sweden, and our leaders would be wise to study the methods they used to gain such positive results.