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The stigma perpetuated by the War on Drugs

As criticism of the War on Drugs continues to grow, it is essential to analyze the relationship drug policies have had on imprisonment and the impact of the methods used on social perceptions of drug use and substance abuse. In the 1980s, the U.S. held 150 prisoners for every 100,000 citizens. Today, 760 out of every 100,000 adults find themselves behind bars. The War on Drugs has been cited as the primary cause for this drastic increase. With rates significantly higher than all other developed nations combined, one has to question the tactics attributed to upholding the War on Drugs. Continue reading →