The “War on Drugs” has and still is one of America’s longest ideological wars ever fought. But American citizens have grown tired of policy and debate surrounding the failing war. Since it’s official beginning in 1971, the costs of the “War on Drugs” have far outweighed the gains. After 42 years, it’s become clear that the war has been waged on a faceless enemy, making it difficult to pinpoint the root of the problem.
It is clear why illegal drug manufacturers and traffickers make and distribute drugs: money. All it takes is one look at a desperate addict to understand. People who abuse and later become dependent on drugs suffer from intense withdrawal symptoms. These include powerful cravings, awful physical symptoms, and life-changing emotional problems. The addict often loses contact with family, caring friends, and others who have his or her wellbeing in mind. Instead, the only thing that matters is getting high.
The manufacturer and trafficker know this. They are all too happy to take everything from an addicted person — and the addicted person’s family — in the pursuit of money. No matter how desperate and sad the addicted individual becomes, the drug dealer is heartless. Job loss, divorce, children separated from their parents, overdose, death — nothing matters. To the dealer, the addict should know better — and it’s his or her fault for using in the first place.
The drug trade is a problem felt around the world, not only in the United States. From Mexico and France to China and Brazil, drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana fuel an unregulated drug trade where the weakest among us are the victims. Although governments work together to eradicate the drug trade, international cooperation is not enough to stop the greed that fuels the corruption.
This video takes a look at two regions, in Afghanistan and Columbia, that are responsible for some of the world’s largest drug productions. It highlights the adverse effects the drug trade has had on those families and communities. All due to the monetary incentive of the drug trade in these regions, families are torn apart, children are malnourished, environments are ruined, and violence is at its highest.
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Help us fight the war and spread the word.
Common Sense for Drug Policy
Congressional Research Service
International Socialist Review
The New York Times
Society of American Foresters
United Nations News Centre
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Research Institute for Social Development
The Wall Street Journal
Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
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Posted on May 13th, 2013 in Infographics