War on Drugs

Samantha Byrd
Keri Withington
October 23, 2012
The War on Drugs
The war on drugs policy was declared in 1971 by President Richard Nixon (msnbc.com).   Source?   Where did you get this information from?   A policy that his administration implemented as part of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, which was a continuation of drug prohibition policies in the U.S. Pay attention to subject-verb agreement. Nixon noticed that hippies were dropping acid and smoking pot or marijuana and the servicemen were returning home from Vietnam addicted to heroin.   With ten to fifteen percent of the servicemen addicted to heroin, that’s where the Nixon administration coined the term War on drugs (msnbc.com)   Nixon stated the way to win against drugs was to fight drugs like soldiers would fight a war.   If this is a direct quote, it needs to be in quotation marks.   If it’s not a direct quote, you can’t use the word “you” as it should be in third person.   Many may think that the war on drugs is with other countries and the illegal drug trade, but in reality it is in everyone’s own back yard.   Again, in a third person paper, you can’t say “our.”   Drug use or drug addiction is very much out of control. It affects so many people, if someone is not a drug user or addict, then they know someone who is or has struggled with addiction.   Addiction is in so many communities, schools, churches, and even their homes.   So it is so easy to see that the war on drugs has failed. With facts being that three out of four American voters say the “war on Drugs” is a failure (Zogby International, 2008).   With all the money the government has spent to prevent drug use, some will question has it been worth it?   That’s not mentioning all the taxpayer’s money that has been spent to house prisoners who are serving sentences for nonviolent offenses.   This sentence doesn’t actually make sense.   With all the people on probation and parole, treatment centers are now...