Since President Nixon began America’s War on Drugs in 1970, it has cost the U.S. $1 trillion. Sure, it has cost a lot, but has it stemmed Americans’ use of illicit drugs? Not really. Despite spending nearly $800 per second in an attempt to stymie the drug trade, many drugs, including cocaine, have actually become less expensive. And among high school seniors, drug use has increased over the past 20 years. With drug use on the rise, taxpayers not only foot the bill for the War on Drugs but also for those arrested and convicted of possessing illegal narcotics. Take a look at the following infographic to get a better idea of how America’s War on Drugs is actually doing.
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