Drugs have always been a commodity of social control, used since the Opium Wars to subdue non-forthcoming foreign nations. The US has now done the same in multiple regions despite claiming to be fighting an international War on Drugs, while the CIA have supported trafficking from South East Asia to Latin America to Afghanistan . This sorry state of affairs has even turned inward as the US government has turned a blind eye to American pharmaceutical corporations causing a opiate epidemic with their own citizens. Drug prohibition has always failed, government control of the supply and use of drugs is always preferable – people should have the freedom of choice in safety, this is much more important than ineffective blanket-prohibition. History has demonstrated that the war on drugs has been ineffective, more about destabilising and "American Empire" than actually controlling drug use or even supply, prohibition in general has always caused black markets, social problems and often an increase in drug use.