United States Drug Control Policy

Drug control policies in the Cbdweeds States have been stagnant for decades, focusing primarily on arresting traffickers, eradicating drug supplies and disrupting the distribution chain. However, despite significant efforts in this regard, little to no progress has been made. Instead, the War on Drugs has spread into nearly every area of the world, with the US leading the fight even against the public sentiment of involved countries. This has led to the displacement of thousands of innocent people, the deaths of civilians, traffickers and law enforcement, and prisons that are overcrowded with drug offenders. Reviewing the US’s drug control policy will reveal a failing old status quo that must be understood in order to bring about effective change.

The principle problem with the United State’s drug control policy is that it consists almost exclusively of the War on Drugs. By making it difficult to get drugs, restricting the available supplies and driving up prices law enforcement officials believe that they are fighting the most efficient battle possible. However, as we have clearly seen, the demand for drugs will never cease and therefore there will always be people to meet this demand. Consequently, we must wage a war not on drugs, but on the DEMAND for drugs. This means providing education and prevention resources as well as addiction treatment options. Unfortunately, the government’s drug control policy allows for very little of this.

Part of the problem with understanding these policies is the discrepancies in information provided relative to the success of government control programs. On one hand the federal government consistently asks for more and more money for the War on Drugs, while on the other hand issuing statements like the following from the Office of National Drug Control: “”Overall drug use in the United States has dropped substantially over the past thirty years. In response to comprehensive efforts to address drug use at the local, state, Federal, and international levels, the rate of Americans using illicit drugs today is roughly half the rate it was in the late 70s. More recently, there has been a 46 percent drop in current cocaine use among young adults (age 18 to 25 years) over the past five years, and a 68 percent drop in the rate of people testing positive for cocaine in the workplace since 2006.” If this statement were true then these reductions in use should correlate to a reduction in drug war expenses, but they do not.