Daniel Halliday
Jul 22 · Last update 3 mo. ago.
Is the US war on drugs destroying Central America?
Is the United States war on drugs have adverse effects in Mexico and Central America?
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Any attempt to criminalise substances will end in the proliferation of criminal organisations
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The wide spread social problems in Central America go far beyond the US drug black market
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It is destroying not just Central America but also millions of lives in the United States of America
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Yes, the legal status of drugs in the US is fuelling crime and corruption elsewhere
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Any attempt to criminalise substances will end in the proliferation of criminal organisations

All treatment of drugs in this way causes the similar problem of black market emergence in all circumstances. The most well know example of this is the prohibition of alcohol in the United States in early 20th century. Although prohibition was put into place to deal with levels of crime and violence in society, criminal organisations took over the alcohol market and violent crime and other issues became more frequent. Likewise, the war on drugs in many countries around the world has lead to so many out of control drug problems or tragedies and has funded crime. Legalisation or decriminalisation and treating the problem as that of a health problem, rather than a criminal one, seems to have the biggest positive effect.

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The wide spread social problems in Central America go far beyond the US drug black market

Bribery, cronyism, oligarchy, electoral fraud, exploitation and a lack of transparency, accountability and effectiveness plague the governments and police of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. To blame that all on the US drug black market is short sighted. Rights and equality, economic issues, education, and health issues all add to crime and corruption as massive societal problems that hold Central and Latin American countries back from development.

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It is destroying not just Central America but also millions of lives in the United States of America

The war on drugs has focussed to heavily on criminalisation and too lightly on rehabilitation. This has seen a dramatic growth in prison populations, with over 2 million people incarcerated currently, roughly a quarter of those are for drug offences. This population thought to be driven by the estimated 6.8 million Americans struggling with drug dependance issues.

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The war on drugs has focussed to heavily on criminalisation and too lightly on rehabilitation. This has seen a dramatic growth in prison populations, with over 2 million people incarcerated currently, roughly a quarter of those are for drug offences. This population thought to be driven by the estimated 6.8 million Americans struggling with drug dependance issues.
Yes, the legal status of drugs in the US is fuelling crime and corruption elsewhere

The US’ long standing “war on drugs”, and the heavy jail sentences and societal mismanagement that has gone along with it, is driving drugs underground dramatically, which is fuelling the multimillion dollar black market for drugs in the United States. This has lead to the proliferation of drug cartels that fund corruption and terrorise the populations of Mexico and other Central American countries. Joint reform should be sought after and coordinated on both sides of the border to deal with this huge problem.

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