Persuasive Essay On Drug War

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America has been in a state of war for most, if not all, of my life. I was born in 1985, during the Ragan years, when we were fighting the Cold War against the Soviet Union and Communism. During the presidency of George Bush Sr., I saw the Invasion of Panama in 1989 and the first war in Iraq in 1991 ("chronology Of U.S. military interventions | Give war a chance | FRONTLINE | PBS," n.d.). During The presidency of Bill Clinton, I saw conflicts in Somalia and Bosnia and the invasion of Haiti ("chronology Of U.S. military interventions | Give war a chance | FRONTLINE | PBS," n.d.). My high school experience was defined by 9/11, the war on terror, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Afghanistan was invaded by the United States in 2001, making…show more content…
I am opposed to all war but, the war on drugs has shown staggering consequences for the American people. Americans spend more than 50 billion dollars a year on the war on drugs ("Drug war statistics," n.d.). American drug policy is a big contributor to our incarceration rate, which is the highest rate in theworld ("Drug war statistics," n.d.). African and Americans and Latinos are arrested for drug violations at higher rates compared to whites even though the rate of use is the same ("Drug war statistics," n.d.). Drugs are more available and cheaper now than they were in 1971, when the war stared (Porter, 2012). Countless lives have been lost to death or jail. Additionally, America is experiencing an opioid, crisis of epic proportions. Incarceration destroys families and communities. Americans are wasting money on a war that has not shown positive results. Considering the stunning statistics, I support the movement that aims to reduce harm as well as reform stagnant and failed policies. I believe we should learn from history, we understand that the prohibition of alcohol was a failure that created a massive black market and Al

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