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The topic of this research paper is War on Drugs There are many problems that drugs cause but there are also problems that the war on drugs has caused too The following paragraphs have supporting ideas for both ideasEvery president since Eisenhower had created new measures to decrease drug use in the United States but until 1979 none had actually succeeded In 1989 the National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA released a report stating that there was a 37 drop in casual non-addicted use from 1979 to 1989 Despite this trend drug abuse and addiction had become a serious and dangerous problem in the 1980s Due to a rise in the popularity of casual cocaine use among the middle and upper class and the invention of crack cocaine a smokable more potent form of cocaine that is used primarily by poorer drug addicted peopleUnited States President George Bush officially began his war on drugs on September 5 1989 when he gave the first prime time address of his presidency The plan called for 79 billion from Congress a 22 billion increase from the previous budget1 Of the 79 billion that Bush asked for 70 would go to law enforcement which included 16 billion for jails However only 30 went to prevention education and treatment The Bush administration sought to wage its war by primarily focusing on demand in the United States which to Bush meant attacking and arresting the drug user rather than focusing on prevention education and treatment or interdiction Trying to reduce the supply of drugsBushs war on drugs did produce results The biggest success was the 22 decrease in cocaine use This was a definite victory for the government However it is not entirely clear that the government was responsible The middle class may have finally opened their eyes to the effects of cocaine usage When a drug is first introduced people have not yet seen the negative
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