Social and Behavioral Sciences


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In the United States, there is a significant drug problem affecting millions directly and countless others indirectly. Drug use and drug-related crime have been on the rise for decades. The government has attempted numerous programs and policies, even declaring a "war on drugs." None of these programs have been effective, as evident in the fact that drug use has continued to rise. Drug use and drug-related crime have caused a number of problems for the United States. The most detrimental are the loss of life and deterioration of the very fundamentals that make up our society. This deterioration includes rising crime rates, the breakup of neighborhoods, and dysfunction in families. Other problems include the overcrowding of prisons, rising health costs, and ineffective government policies such as wasting money on unsuccessful programs.

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