For more than 40 years, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has fueled mass incarceration, wasted taxpayer money, and blocked scientific research. It’s time for change.
The DEA was created in 1973 to enforce federal drug laws. The results have been devastating: wasted resources, mass incarceration, racial disparities, civil rights violations and scandal after scandal. Treating drug use as a criminal justice issue instead of a health issue has led to disaster. Yet Congress has rarely scrutinized the agency, its actions or its budget.
The DEA is a pivotal player in the war on drugs, but this war is a failure!
The drug war wastes law enforcement resources by packing prisons with mostly low- and mid-level offenders.
The drug war has created staggering racial disparities.
The DEA is more interested in maintaining failed drug policies than in making decisions based on scientific evidence.
In trying to maintain the war on drugs, the DEA is trying to do an impossible job. Unsurprisingly they’ve been plagued by scandals. Here are some you should know about.
All of this is costing taxpayers billions!
The agency’s size and operating budget have swelled since its creation.
Their reach is enormous, but they still haven’t reduced the availability of drugs or the harms associated with them.
Instead, we are left with these drug war results:
The DEA’s tactics of using arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration, an intrusive undercover work to try to make America "drug-free" should end. It hasn't worked, and won't work.
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