War on Drugs

The message to the Congress comprised of the text concerning with devoting more federal resources to preventing new additions and rehabilitating those who were already addicted, however, this part was not the center of attention like the war on drugs. It is estimated that the US devotes more than one billion dollars every year towards the War on Drugs and this research seeks to find out if the War on Drugs has been successful in reducing the use of illegal drugs in the United States and how effective this is on the overall drug issue.
Almost three million people use eighty percent of the illegal hard drugs in the United States and there is a high likelihood of dealing with the Drug-trafficking organizations through changing the behavior of the heavy users of these drugs (Cassel &amp. Bernstein, 2007). A reduction of the rate of consumption of casual users will not have a considerable effect on the flow of drugs into the country or the flow of money into the areas that produce the drugs. The experience the US has had with marketing’s power has inclined the country to prefer prohibiting and enforcing rather than legalizing and marketing of the drugs. However, this option has associated consequences as an increased number of American citizens go to jail for offenses associated with drugs as well as parole violations as compared to property crimes (Alexandrova, 2004).
Further, even though the nation spends five times more to jail the people convicted of drug offenses that it did thirty years ago, the prices of cocaine and other drugs have reduced by eighty to ninety percent compared to the prevailing prices during the beginning of the war on drugs. Consequently, critics have argued that imprisoning the low-level dealers in the streets is a futile endeavor as their transactions that cost approximately two hundred dollars will cost the state almost one hundred thousand dollars in the offender is given a sentence.