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Dean Becker, a former cop, has been reporting for Pacifica radio on a singular beat for the last 15 years – the war on drugs. Becker’s new book, To End the War On Drugs, published by DTN Media, is available for Kindle through Amazon and in paperback. Purchases will help fund distribution to media outlets, book reviewers and top politicians.

Doug McVay is a journalist, writer, researcher, and activist with a long history in drug policy reform. He is the editor of Drug War Facts and also maintains and updates the Common Sense for Drug Policy and Drug War Facts websites.

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Did You Know…..

Ever since former U.S. President Richard Nixon announced the war on drugs in 1971, the United States government has spent over a trillion dollars on the endeavor, which amounts to roughly $25 billion per year or $793 per second for over 40 years. These funds would have been enough for the U.S. government to settle a small colony on Mars.

Recent estimates of government spending on the Drug War suggests a recent budget of about $51 billion per year to combat the flow of illegal narcotics into the United States. Considering the challenges that the U.S. faces in maintaining public infrastructure, education and healthcare, diverting billions of Drug War dollars to support crucial pillars of society would increase the overall well-being of the nation.

In 1972, the year after ex-U.S. President Nixon gave the go-ahead to start the Drug War, police forces within the United States executed a few hundred paramilitary-style raids on potentially dangerous drug dens. The 1980s saw that number rise to about 3,000 military-style raids; in 2001, more than 40,000 raids were conducted per year. Incredibly, in just over a decade, the number of raids has increased to approximately 80,000 per year.

In addition to government funding and civil forfeiture providing the capital necessary to outfit police with armament typically reserved for the military, the U.S. features a program that feeds local police departments “repurposed” firearms, vehicles and other equipment no longer used by the United States Armed Forces, like Humvees that serve and protect schoolyards.