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Unformatted text preview: Dawsey 1 1Shawn Dawsey Professor Hyun English 104 10 April 2006 Fallacies Concerning Drug Prohibition Beginning in December 17, 1914 with the enactment of the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, America took its first step into the longest and most difficult battle in the history of our nation as it began the War on Drugs. In an attempt to shield society from the potential harms of drugs, the federal government has placed strict regulations for the use and prescription of many drugs, and completely prohibited the use of others. While most Americans agree with the governments prohibitionary stance, as many believe it important to protect our society from drugs debilitating effects, few Americans are aware of prohibitions underlying repercussions. Although prohibition efforts are working at full strength and they are currently stronger than ever, drugs continue to be ever so prevalent throughout America. As the emergence of new drugs, better smuggling techniques, and better manufacturing technologies continue to evolve, it is apparent that America will never truly be drug free. Although these drugs continue to be a large concern for our society, the truth is that Americas War on Drugs, and drug prohibition in general, continue to be far more devastating for our society than the drugs alone. As the costs of prohibition have gradually been emerging into the spotlight, many are now finding prohibition far too cumbersome for its limited success. Consequently, drug prohibition should be repealed as it has proved too costly for its inefficiency, it indirectly creates the funding for terrorism, and it is too time consuming for our limited police force. Dawsey 2 While idealistic in its goals, prohibition has proven to be far too ineffective and costly while only moderately reducing drug consumption. It is often claimed by many prohibitionists that drug abuse in the United States has decreased significantly as result of prohibition, and thus prohibitions cost is justifiable and necessary (McGarrell). If prohibition did indeed decrease drug abuse than it would justify its cause, but to date, there truly has not been proven any significant reduction in drug use here in America. Although prohibitionists often site statistics showing a...
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