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America's Drug Wars
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Story: America's Drug War
America's war on drugs is almost 30 years old now—a war that cost U.S. taxpayers $40 billion dollars a year, with no victory in sight. Those who fight the war on drugs point to successes: drug cartels busted, tons of drugs confiscated, drug dealers jailed. Yet today, the price of cocaine is at an all-time low, the purity of heroin is at an all-time high, and new designer drugs, such as ecstasy and methamphetamines, are everywhere. Illegal drugs are part of the fabric of American life.

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