Unsuccessful War on Drugs: Four Decades of Fighting

Some 40 years ago the war on drugs began. This was all the way back when Nixon was president. Here’s the problem, after 40 years, the statistics on drug abuse and addiction are higher than ever. More than a trillion dollars have been spent, some would argue they have been wasted, and there has been no fruit rendered from this so called “war,” according to CBS News.

Supply and demand are higher than ever, well established drug cartels are more violent than ever, and more people are dying than ever before. Many leaders of foreign countries, especially those that have a vested interest in putting an end to drug trafficking, suggest that the US consider decriminalization.

Should We Decriminalize?

Decriminalization and regulation of illicit drugs, could this be a viable option? It would likely cause a drop in the price of drugs which would lessen the profits to drug cartels forcing many to find new ways to get rich. Do we dare to think of what could replace this massive industry and still be as profitable?

Most people know that the war on drugs has been nothing more than a waste of time but it is silent knowledge that no one wants to say out loud. The US has had one reason after another of why the time has never been right to take a stand and face this problem head on. It surely won’t happen during 2012, which is an election year.

In the meantime, other governments are sitting back just waiting to see what the US is going to do. Cuba, being one of the main drug industries usually doesn’t make an appearance at any of the summit meetings. Many plan to excuse themselves from the OAS summit if the US doesn’t promise a Cuban presence. After all, they claim that it was the US that launched the war on drugs so they now want the US held accountable, according to CBS News.