The United States has spent the past 30 years fighting the so-called war on drugs. Americans have paid a heavy price both financially -- the drug enforcement budget is now $40 billion -- and with their civil liberties with laws that turn "innocent until proven guilty" on its head.
During the week of October 9th, NPR News airs a series from correspondent Deborah Amos, War on Drugs, on All Things Considered that explores why, after three decades of effort and billions of dollars in expenditures, America's war on drugs has no victory in sight. Coverage includes a look at Mexico, money laundering, corruption and drug treatment.
The series is produced in partnership with PBS/FRONTLINE. On Oct. 9 and 10, FRONTLINE presents the first television history of America's war on drugs as told from both sides of the battlefield in a special four-hour report. Part I recounts the origins of the anti-drug campaign, from the Nixon administration's drug control efforts to the rapid rise and fall of the Colombian drug cartels. In Part II of Drug Wars, FRONTLINE examines the impact of crack cocaine on America's city streets and the U.S. criminal justice system. The report also investigates Mexico's role in supplying drugs to meet American demand.
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