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The War on Drugs is a campaign of prohibition and foreign military aid and military intervention undertaken by the United States government, with the assistance of participating countries, and the stated aim to define and reduce the illegal drug trade. This initiative includes a set of drug policies of the United States that are intended to discourage the production, distribution, and consumption of illegal psychoactive drugs. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared that "drug abuse is public enemy number one" in speaking to the people. In January 1972 Richard Nixon coined the term "War on Drug Abuse". The only time that Richard Nixon knowingly used the term "War on Drug" was at the end of a September 1972 trip report covering his trip to Laredo, Texas. By then the media had started to refer to the War on Drugs to more appropriately describe the strategies proposed by Mr. Nixon. (see American Presidency Project). In his essay, drug war historian, Richard Gicomeng writes that "a 'War on Drug Abuse' is to a 'War on Drugs', just as a 'War on Child Abuse' would be to a 'War on Children' or LBJ's 'War on Poverty' would be to a 'War on Capitalism'".
On May 13, 2009, Gil Kerlikowske, the current Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), signaled that although it did not plan to significantly alter drug enforcement policy, the Obama administration would not use the term "War on Drugs," as he claims it is "counter-productive". ONDCP's view is that "drug addiction is a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated... making drugs more available will make it harder to keep our communities healthy and safe."(2011) One of the alternatives that Mr. Kerlikowske has showcased is Sweden's Drug Control Policies that combine balanced public health approach and opposition to drug legalization. The prevalence rates for cocaine use in Sweden are barely one-fifth of European neighbors such as the United Kingdom and Spain.
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White House Czar Calls for End to 'War on Drugs' - WSJ.com
BBC News - Global war on drugs 'has failed' say former leaders
Mexican Drug War During... 18 months the Mexican government has spent about $7 billion USD in the war against drugs.
Commentary: War on drugs is insane
Chris Christie Calls War On Drugs 'A Failure'
Ending the War on Drugs: The Moment is Now
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