The War on "The War on Drugs"

Qahir Lakha Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Ezgi Sertler Butler University
Millions of Americans are addicted to drugs and gain safe access to them every day. Tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol are all mind-altering substances that most of global society has deemed acceptable. Opiates, amphetamines, and benzodiazepines are also mind-altering substances that have been considered harmful in most cases, but lifesaving in others. Hallucinogenic substances have been demonized across the American landscape. In the United States, individuals who have been caught for drug offenses that have been deemed unsafe by the United States government are the cause of 46% of all prison sentences (BOP). The way that we as an American society have been trying to combat the use of drugs has destroyed the lives of relatively innocent individuals. In this paper I will be asserting that the United States’ ‘War on Drugs’ is an example of structural injustice that has caused more harm than good. To showcase the mechanisms of structural injustice in The War on Drugs I will be utilizing the theory of Iris Marion Young. I will be examining the policies through four specific aspects of Young’s theory that together create systems of structural injustice. They are social constraints, social positions, individual actions, and unintended consequences. Through understanding The War on Drugs through the lens of structural injustice, I will show that it is an obsolete policy and a stain on American History.
Philosophy & Religion
Oral Presentation

When & Where

11:00 AM
Jordan Hall 336C