Has America Lost the War on Drugs? Over the course of 35 years, the U.S. government has spent an estimated $500 billion fighting the drug trade, yet critics argue that there has been very little to show for it. Rolling Stone reporter Ben Wallace-Wells explains why he thinks America has lost the war.

Has America Lost the War on Drugs?

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In a five-part series, NPR examines the progress of U.S. anti-drug policy so far, and where experts say it should focus next.

Over the course of 35 years, the U.S. government has spent an estimated $500 billion dollars fighting the drug trade, yet critics argue that there has been very little to show for it. In an article published in November, Rolling Stone reporter Ben Wallace-Wells explains why he thinks America has lost the war.

Guests:

Jonathan Caulkins, professor of operations research and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy

Ben Wallace-Wells, contributing editor to Rolling Stone Magazine and author of "How America Lost the War on Drugs"