Has The $1 Trillion Drug War Been Worth It?

One would think with the enormous amount of money that has been thrown at the “War on Drugs”, and of course the money illegally confiscated from law abiding citizens under the guise that the money is drug money if it “smells like” it, that drugs would be incredibly priced and almost impossible to obtain. If you think that you would be wrong.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration a gram of cocaine is $177.26 a gram. That is 74 percent cheaper than it was 30 years ago. What it says about the war on drugs is that though $1 trillion have been spent and tens of thousands of lives have been lost in the past four decades, it has basically failed.

In the last decade, $20-25 billion a year has been spent by the federal government on counternarcotics programs and the evidence demonstrates it is not succeeding.

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“In the grand scheme, it has not been successful,” U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske told the Associated Press. “Forty years later, the concern about drugs and drug problems is, if anything, magnified, intensified.”

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“Nothing happens overnight,” he said back in May. “We’ve never worked the drug problem holistically. We’ll arrest the drug dealer, but we leave the addiction.”

I think Kerlikowske has hit the nail on the head. The issue of drugs is very much like the issue of alcohol. When prohibition was in place, it created not only a black market, but resulted in many deaths and proved unenforceable. Ultimately it was overturned and rightfully so.

But the point he is making is correct. Our nation deals with drugs like we deal with the war on terror. We deal with the symptoms and not the root. the root in the war on terror is the teachings of Islam. The root in the war on drugs is deal with those who are addicted and educating those who are not. In the end, it is their decision what they will do.

I don’t believe this education should be necessarily coming from the public education system, nor do I believe it is the government’s responsibility. Ultimately I believe it is the job of parents, family and churches to educate children.

Government has basically one purpose and that is to defend the liberty of its people and to punish evildoers. Frankly in our nation it is doing neither very well.

While supporters of the longstanding war-on-drugs strategy point to successes, such as a decline in cocaine use, other statistics show marijuana use and prescription drug abuse are climbing. Even increases in drug seizures are counterbalanced by the fact that drug availability is up.

It’s time for a new solution to the issue to be talked about and the solution will not come from more government and more money being thrown at the symptoms, rather than dealing with the root issue. The problem is not drugs, it’s people.

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