Are we winning the war on drugs? In my opinion, I think we have made serious strides to control the use, sale and distribution of illegal drugs, although, the battle has been not been won. Americans spent almost sixty-four billon dollars on illegal drugs in 2000. That’s over three times as much as the government spends fighting drugs. Today, the government spends hundreds of billions of dollars on the war on drugs. Most of our drugs are imported from Mexico and Columbia, mostly marijuana and cocaine. The war on drug is being dealt with by the government in many ways to slow the supply of drug being imported from these countries, harsher punishment for drug offenders and drug users and increased enforcement if anti-drug laws. These tactics can attributes some positive change in the drug war. The fight against drugs dates back to the early 1800’s, before then the danger of some drug were not known entirely.
In 1886, Coca-Cola got its name from its main ingredient: cocaine. It was advertising as the cure for headaches. It wasn’t long before people learned how highly addictive cocaine is. Since then much has changed, new drugs have been discovered and invented. Drug use was referred to by our President Nixon as “public enemy number one” and developed laws to stop the import of narcotics. Furthermore, I think that the war on drug can not be won; we are fighting an uphill battle. With each new generation new drugs are being introduced to control the production of these drug is a hard job to conquer. I applaud the efforts of the government trying prohibit the manufacturing of these illegal substances but the war will continue for years to come.