Drugs Problem In United States

The 2002 National Drug Control Strategy of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) estimates the total costs of drug abuse to American society to be approximately $160 billion. It is estimated that somewhere between 1.8 million and 2 million Americans are in jails and prisons, Federal facilities, across the Nation and 60 to 70 percent of those individuals incarcerated are there because of a drug-related offense (Congressional Record, 1999). [3] In 2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seized a reported $1.4 billion in drug trade-related assets and $477 million worth of drugs (DEA, 2005). However, according to the White House’s Office of Drug Control Policy, the total value of all of the drugs sold in the US is as much as $64 billion a year. According to the Police Studies, 40 to 60 percent of reported crime (e.g., burglaries and, physical violence) is drug-related. In economically backward neighborhoods, many youngsters enter the illegal drug market in search of job opportunities and huge incomes. The three major components of the United States’ national drug control strategy are Stopping Drug Use Before It Starts, Healing America’s Drug Users, and Disrupting Drug Markets. Current efforts of US government disrupt the drug market have resulted in increased quantities of illicit substances available on American streets. This calls for changes government focus, from eradicating international drug trafficking to securing the nation’s borders and implementing more treatment facilities.