Society’s Problems: Part III

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The Drug Prohibition Problem

Ever since the 19th century drugs have been a great problem in society. Many people have protested on how drugs should be abolished due to the many lives it’s taken. Yet, this is a very great problem, said to be impossible the elimination of the production itself.

High school students use illegal drugs at the same rate as in the 1970s, and the drug overdoses have raised steadily. The first major drug crackdown was in the 1980s since Richard Nixon, and half of the ensuing increase in property crime was caused by the shift of public resources out of property crime and into drug prohibition enforcement.  In other words, the money that was being used against property crime went to the prohibition of drugs, and that made an increase in property crime.

Now, does anyone normally call 911 when they see someone drugging themselves? Are they harming you? I’d say no to that question. This means that there is hardly anyone to report a drug crime. Therefore, search power must be employed aggressively in order for police to find out about drug crimes at all. Still, we can’t say that the police is corruption free. This is what economists David Rasmussen and Bruce Benson said: “The illicit drug market is probably the most lucrative source of police corruption that has ever existed in the United States”. Police are in a position to protect certain drug gangs and their turf, while driving out their competitors. Giving them a nice tip.

Judge Volney Brown on the office for Drug Abuse Law Enforcement effort in San Diego with a team against illicit drugs went to Phoenix using more “buy money” than Arizona had ever seen before. They bought into each street dealer they could find, it turned out that Phoenix had 76 drug pushers. In the middle of a week night, with the help of state and local police, they arrested all 76 at the same time. For one week it was impossible to buy drugs on the streets of Phoenix, the single local drug treatment was swamped; addicts who could not get treatment left town to get somewhere else. Still, on the eighth day, new street pushers began to appear in the city, and before a month it was business as usual. They had spent tens of thousands of federal tax dollars, and sent scores of pushers to prison, but there was no lasting effect on the availability or price of illicit drugs. Judge Brown said that it wouldn’t have mattered how much money they would have spent or what they would have done, they had not been able to make any substantial dent whatsoever in drug market or in demand for heroin.

General Accounting Officer said: “Arrests and seizures are significant only when they help raise costs and risks enough to deter traffickers, and there is no indication they are approaching that point”. With this I conclude, in order to achieve such a goal, it would be necessary to interdict 75% of all drugs, a figure that has never remotely been approached.

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