The War on Drugs has been raging for nearly five decades now, and its effects have been felt across the United States. When President Richard Nixon first declared war on drugs in 1971, little did he know that it would lead to more than 45 million arrests and turn the U.S. into the world’s largest jailer. Sadly, despite this effort, drugs are still cheaper, purer and more available than ever before.
The new documentary “America’s War on Drugs” shines a light on the very real human cost of this conflict. With footage gathered from over 20 states, viewers get an intimate look at how people from all levels of society have been affected by this war. We hear from drug dealers, grieving mothers, narcotics officers and many others as they tell their stories of loss, struggle and hope in the face of an indifferent system.
This is a must-see documentary for anyone who wants to understand better the realities of America’s War on Drugs and its impact on our communities. This is not just a film about statistics or policy decisions; it is an exploration of what happens when lives are caught up in an unending cycle of poverty and violence caused by our government’s hard-nosed approach to controlling drug use. It is a powerful reminder that we all need to do more to protect those individuals whose lives are ruined by this war every day.