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War on Drugs

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Matthew Reich
ENC1101
Louvar
17 April 2013

According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health data, in 2008, 20 million people in the United States of America ages 12 and up used an illicit drug. (Walker 305) 20 million is a high number and being that the age level went all the way down to 12 years old is frightening. Marijuana is the main source of drug use weighing in at 15.2 million users (76 percent of the total number of users taken in the National Survey of Drug Use and Health) in 2008. (Walker 305) Cocaine comes in second place weighing in at 1.9 million users (9.5 percent of the total number of users taken in the National Survey of Drug Use and Health) in 2008 and heroin comes next with 200,000 users (1 percent of the total number of users taken in the National Survey of Drug Use and Health) in 2008. (Walker 305) The remaining 2.7 million or 12.5 percent of users come from other drugs such as hallucinogens, methamphetamines, inhalants, prescription drug abuse, etc. (National Survey of Drug Use and Health Archive) Being that there are so many drugs out on the street and proof that people are using them, there have to been crimes that are connected with drugs, right? The Federal Bureau of Investigation reported in 2006 there were 1,379,887 drug arrests made in the United States of America. 50 percent of members in federal prison are drug offenders and 35 percent of the population in state prisons constitutes drug offenders. (Gaines and Kappeler 475) Drugs alter one’s state of mind so it is reasonable to say that people are likely to make bad choices and big mistakes while on different drugs. According to the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program, in 1997 55.3 percent of people arrested in the United States of America have some sort of drug in their system when they are arrested, the most common drug found in their system being cocaine followed by marijuana, then opiates. (Gaines and Kappeler 475) The Arrestee Drug Abuse...