Lost in the Drug Wars: Time for a New Paradigm.
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ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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For decades the United States has fought a war on drugs. The current National Drug Control Strategy has neither reduced the number of illegal drug users nor has it reduced the availability of illegal drugs in the United States. Furthermore, the current policy has strained U.S. relationships with the legitimate governments of the drug-producing nations. The current strategy primarily focuses on reducing the supply rather than the demand for illegal drugs. Instead of reevaluating a failed strategy, America has escalated the war on drugs by committing Americas military to stem the tide of illegal drugs into the United States. Employment of the military has skewed the nations perspective on how success is measured as well as strained our relations with all the legitimate governments of drug-producing nations. The purpose of this paper is to outline a new paradigm--illegal drugs are a commercial endeavor--which, as with all commercial enterprises, will respond to market place conditions. It outlines how current efforts actually support the illegal drug industrys profits while destabilizing the legitimate governments of the drug-producing nations. A new strategy based on this paradigm is based on demand.
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