We all know about the long war on drugs that has been fought by the United States and her allies for at least 10 years, I’m not sure how much longer, but it’s really been popular knowledge since the early nineties. I really don’t see the point of this war though.
Sure, you can throw out statistics that show that we are reducing the access to illegal drugs. I’d beg to differ however. It’s blatantly apparent that we either, 1) Aren’t stopping the supply, or 2) that drugs are more accessible now, then they were 10 years ago.
Case in point. At a neighborhood high school, there was recently a major bust of around 5 Sophmores, and 10 or so Freshmen for marijuana after a dog search (Not sure about the legality on that though). I realize that that may be only a small portion of the student body, but from talking to students, the drug problem seems to be escalating rather than depreciating. For instance, the drugs are apparently more readily available then they were only a couple of years ago. An example of this, is that one of the kids that was arrested, and later expelled, was actually DEALING marijuana in the bathrooms.
Now, that may not seem too bad, but estimates from these same students put the total consumption of illegal drugs at somewhere around 10% of the student body. Tell me that we are stopping the drug supply. Please!
However, even though thats only one example, there are plenty of examples of how the drug trade has increased in recent years regardless of cracking down on the dealers. Apparently, heroine is available moreso now then it was 5 years ago, and it’s purer.
So, how do you justify such a costly venture (somewhere in the cost of at least $500 million, I thought it was somewhere in the billions)? What is the point of the war on drugs even though the drugs are more available now, more than ever, and they are available more consistently. I mean, a sophmore dealing marijuana!!! That’s a little ridiculous. Are we eventually headed towards legalized drugs? Why not? I mean, couldn’t we ensure the taxation and quality of such drugs? I suppose if the government ever gets desperate enough it is a huge, untapped supply of money…
Honestly though, how can you justify something this expensive, and ineffective?