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The American War on Drugs is a campaign led by the U.S. federal government aimed at bringing down and eradicating the illegal production, distribution and consumption of psychoactive drugs. The term ‘War on Drugs’ was first used by President Nixon in the 70s, when he proposed his Drug Abuse Prevention and Control campaign. Nowadays, the War on Drugs has become quite a controversial topic. Its effectiveness and costs are heavily debated, and several organisations like the Drug Policy Alliance advocate for the end of the War on Drugs, which is estimated to cost the US government nearly $51 billion dollars.

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