Whether to End the War on Drugs

Trying to understand the War on Drugs in the 21st century, this essay will provide evidence in support as well as against the War on Drugs. The purpose of this essay is to argue from my personal perspective, but before learning what my beliefs are on the subject, this paper will discuss arguments for and arguments against the War on Drugs.&nbsp. The conclusion will sum up all information explored as I argue that the War on Drugs does more harm than good and should be scrapped as American government policy.&nbsp. Like a personal essay, this essay will reflect my opinion but beforehand, both sides of the coin regarding America’s War on Drugs will be discussed.&nbsp. While the War on Drugs deals with many different types of drugs including cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, MDMA, and marijuana among others, marijuana is one of the most commonly used drugs in America today.&nbsp. Because of this, much of the data here will be from marijuana usage in the United States while exploring America’s War on Drugs.&nbsp.&nbsp. In order to understand both sides of the coin in America’s War on Drugs, the following will begin with an overview of the reasons for the War on Drugs.Reasons for the War on Drugs
Created under the presidency of Republican Richard M. Nixon, the War on Drugs represents the federal government’s attempt to crack down on the spread and use of illegal drugs.&nbsp. Illegal drug use in the United States has been seen for years as a major social problem with many important societal ramifications.&nbsp. According to a survey carried by National Household in 2001 on drug abuse, it was established that nearly 5.6 million Americans from 12 years and over had problems with illegal drug use in the previous year. Out of this number, 3.6 mln were classified as being dependant on illegal drugs. Over 2 million were diagnosed as dependant on marijuana and other so-called “soft” drugs.&nbsp. Back in 1999, over 220,000 people seeking treatment programs for drug abuse reported that marijuana was their main drug of abuse.&nbsp. Due to the numbers mentioned above, the government believes that drugs are harmful and society has an important role to play in ensuring that people do not take harmful drugs.&nbsp.