I have been opposed to the War on Drugs for political, social, and moral reasons for over 15 years, since I was made aware of the issue. I could probably write a lot on this issue, so I will try to keep this simple, and limited to three main points. Included will be a source for each point. Keep in mind that right now Montgomery County and Dayton Ohio are experiencing a heroin abuse epidemic like never before seen in history, with our region leading the nation in opioid overdose deaths per capita: http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/3-ohio-cities-in-top-10-worst-for-drug-overdoses/nrSJH/
My three points are as follows:
- The War on Drugs was created and is perpetuated as a war primarily on the poor and people of color.
- The War on Drugs is a source of massive income for the prison-industrial complex and associated industries.
- The War on Drugs is a very expensive failure in stopping or even limiting drug use, and there are superior alternatives.