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Consider This from NPR
Jun 21, 2021
50 Years Later, Is America's War On Drugs At A Turning Point?
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In June 1971, then-President Richard Nixon said the U.S. had a new public enemy number one: addiction. It was the beginning of America's long war on drugs.
Fifty years later, during months of interviews, NPR found a growing consensus across the political spectrum — including among some in law enforcement — that the drug war simply didn't work.
The stories in this episode are from NPR's
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The War On Drugs: 50 Years Later
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