There has been continuous and widespread debate about drug policy since nixon waged america’s first war on drugs remarkably, the issues have changed very little in fact, u s drug policy hasn’t had many significant changes over the last 30 years. One of the problems that a century of the so-called war on drugs has thrown up is that governments across the world have not allowed any serious research into the effects and medical impact of a.
The war on drugs in the united states has been a failure that has ruined lives, filled prisons and cost a fortune it started during the nixon administration with the idea that, because drugs are bad for people, they should be difficult to obtain as a result, it became a war on supply.
The war on drugs has taken mentially ill people who've made bad decisions in order to escape reality and treated them like criminals this is not a solution the war on drugs has prevented the healthy healing of people by punishing them rather than make them not need drugs in the first place. While the deaths and violence have been largely restricted to those faraway places, the war on drugs, for all its consistent failures, has continued but change is coming. Over the last 40 years, we have spent trillions of dollars on the failed and ineffective war on drugs drug use has not declined, while millions of people—disproportionately poor people and people of color—have been caged and then branded with criminal records that pose barriers to employment, housing, and stability.
Public support for the war on drugs has waned in recent decades some americans and policymakers feel the campaign has been ineffective or has led to racial divide however, others still passionately support the effort. The video traces the drug war from president nixon to the draconian rockefeller drug laws to the emerging aboveground marijuana market that is poised to make legal millions for wealthy investors doing the same thing that generations of people of color have been arrested and locked up for.
Many believe that the war on drugs has been costly and ineffective largely because inadequate emphasis is placed on treatment of addiction the united states leads the world in both recreational drug usage and incarceration rates 70% of men arrested in metropolitan areas test positive for an illicit substance,  and 54% of all men incarcerated will be repeat offenders. Professor peter reuter from the school of public policy at the university of maryland has been a leading academic in the field of drugs policy for decades the war on drugs was partly defined by its rhetoric. The war on drugs, schmoke has said, is america’s “domestic vietnam” “the problem of substance abuse is more a public health problem than a criminal justice problem,” he says “the drug traffickers can be beaten and the public health of the united states can be improved if we are willing to substitute common sense for rhetoric, myth and blind persistence,” he wrote.
A war on drugs whose objective is to eradicate the drug market — to stop drugs from arriving in the united states and stop americans from swallowing, smoking, inhaling or injecting them — is a war that cannot be won what we care about is the harm that drugs, drug trafficking and drug policy do to individuals, society and even national security. One could use this data to argue that the “war on drugs” is failing to do so, however, would misinterpret the purpose of the so-called drug war drug prohibition and its enforcement have long been tied to the villainization of vulnerable populations in 1982, ronald reagan famously declared a war on drugs, as nixon had done before him.