Losing the War on Drugs

America is spending millions of dollars to run ad campaigns with teenage
waifs smashing up the kitchen with frying pans, brain fried egg commercials, and
other inaccurate and misleading ads put fear into our nations youth and adults alike.
One such ad showed a flat line brain scan purportedly hooked up to a drug user. It
was later proven that it was hooked up to nothing and most of our nations kids now
know it. Seeing the “Land of the Free” turn into a nation that imprisons more of its
citizens than any other industrialized nation on earth is neither effective or a good
message to send our children. We are building 9 new prisons for every one new
university( ). Which do you want built for your children?
In this country, we are locked in war we simply cannot win. We strive to
protect over 10,000 miles of border, against enemies who are driven by the lure of
an obscene really resulted from this war is the overcrowding of prisons, the
expansion of law and distrust. If its not obvious already, I am referring to the war
on drugs. As time goes on, it becomes more and more evident that the war on drugs
is as useless as officials, who use the war as a reelection tool. To study this
problem, I visited government web pages for statistics and facts dealing with the
war, and was surprised what I found.
To most people the fiscal reasons for ending the war are the most convincing.
For example, it costs over $30,000 per year to house a prisoner – this does not
include processing and legal fees, only the actual prison costs – food, water,
electricity and guards ( ). There are over 1.5 million non-violent drug law offenders
in prison right now, and this number is increasing daily( ). That means we are
spending a minimum of $45 billion per year keeping former tax-paying citizens,
most of whom had jobs and were contributing to the economy in some way, locked
up with murderers and rapists. When these pe…

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