The government’s War on Drugs has carried along with it a boom in the number of incarcerated Americans. Is this a good way to correct the perceived problems of drug use and consumption?
In the basic sense, more arrests means more people either carrying, using, or selling drugs are being removed from communities. On the other hand, it means that drugs become a more valuable commodity – due to the dangers of possessing and selling them – for both buyer and seller. This encourages people to go into the drug market as a way to benefit from a high-risk business.
So is this the best way to go about dealing with the use of drugs in the United States? Or is there another way for this “War” to be fought?