The drug problem in America has been worsening on all fronts in the past thirty
Billions of government dollars are being thrown at the problem, but with little
Most teenagers would agree that marijuana is easier to obtain than alcohol.
government, from the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration to the school police
officer, knows who is using, dealing, transporting, importing, and producing drugs;
however, as hard as they try to make arrests and seizures, the government is largely
unsuccessful. The strategy of the American War on Drugs must be changed to going to
greater lengths to prevent the importation and production of drugs, providing better drug
education, and lessening the punishment of petty dealers and users of drugs.
The War on Drugs is an ongoing and not winnable process in America.
1973, President Nixon, at a press conference, announced that “drug abuse is public
enemy number one,” (Russell 301).
Nixon took steps in the right direction by taking all
the anti-drug agencies of the government and combining them, forming the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Being an all encompassing anti-drug force, the
DEA investigates and identifies traffickers, tracks the movement of drugs, analyzes
information from thousands of sources, and comprehends how drugs are cultivated,
produced, transported, smuggled, and distributed (302).
Annually, the DEA estimates
that they prevent about 10% of imported drugs from reaching the users (303).
drugs reach the American cities, that particular battle of the War on Drugs has been lost.
In the process of getting drugs to the user, from growing it to consumption, the point
where the American government can make the biggest difference is when the contraband
crosses the border.
By amount, one bust of a major shipment of narcotics, coming by
boat, plane, or car, is equivalent to a hundred busts at the street level. The American