The War on Drugs refers to the government-led initiative to stop illegal drug use, distribution, and trade by increasing and enforcing penalties for offenders. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” because drug abuse was “public enemy number one.” Part of this initiative included increasing federal funding for drug-control agencies and proposing strict measures, such as mandatory prison sentencing for drug crimes. In 1973, he later created the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which is still currently responsible for tackling smuggling and drug use in the United States. As these efforts increased, the War on Drugs created more destruction because many aspects of the initiative are stupid.
The total cost spent in the past 40 years is certainly one of the stupidest aspects of the War on Drugs. The United States has spent over $1 trillion enforcing drug laws, $15 billion of which were allocated to drug law enforcement every year from taxpayer money diverted from other social spending measures. The mass imprisonment of drug users is another stupid aspect of the War on Drugs. As of 2012, the United States actually had more people in prison for drug-related crimes than the entire EU has prisoners.