Drugs have been one of the major concerns of not only the United States but also other countries for many years. This is the main reason why, the federal government of the United States has been eager in extending its arms in eradicating drugs and other narcotics towards other countries like Colombia and Mexico which serves as the main supplier of drugs in United States and other countries across the globe. There are a lot of ways to battle drugs in the market. Among these ways are the famous border patrol intensification and reduction of demand on drugs through drug treatment programs.
Both of the said approaches have their own advantages and disadvantages once implemented in the society. Given the limited resources of the federal government, only the most effected and beneficial approach will be implemented to eradicate drugs in the society. Elasticity as a Factor Drugs are addictive type of good. Meaning, its consumers disregards the risks and costs of its purchase and consumption. Drug users do not mind if the price of drugs in the black market is expensive or it can provide them with various health risks for as long us they will again experience its so-called “heaven”.
This is the reason why drug users with no enough money to purchase drugs commit crimes, such as robbery or kidnapping, to generate funds. Given this, it is therefore clear that drugs have a relatively inelastic demand or those goods which quantity demanded does not change much with a given change in price (Hofstand, 2007). The drug treatment programs of the federal government will solve this problem on drugs by getting rid of the dependency of the drug user on drugs.
Drug treatment programs teaches drug users to become once again independent on drugs, making their demand on drugs from inelastic to elastic since they will no longer “drug addicts”. Price and risks associated in drugs will start to matter once the drug treatment on a particular patient becomes successful. At the end of the day, if things will go as planned, demand for drugs in the society will decline thereby discouraging drug dealers to continue their production and distribution which then results winning the war against drugs. As for the intensification of border patrol, this approach also solves the problems on drugs.
This scheme attacks the supply of drugs in the United States which could possibly cut down the consumption and purchase of drugs in the nation. At first, this idea will seem to work well. But, considering that drugs are inelastic and the said approach minimizes the volume of drugs that enters the nation, it will only make the remaining drugs in the society to become more expensive. Crime rate will further rise since drug users will now be more desperate to find money to buy expensive drugs since they are already addicted to its “heaven” or “pleasure” (Shadow, 2008).
In other words, border patrol will not stand alone as the main solution to eradicate drugs in the society since it only makes the situation worse by providing drug users more reasons to commit crimes just to raise funds to purchase drugs. Furthermore, there are still domestic drug producers in the nation that supplies drug users in the market which makes the intensification of border patrol less effective and efficient, though large part of supply of drugs in the United States came from other countries.
Given the above strengths and weaknesses of the two mentioned approaches often used by the federal government, it is therefore clear that the drug treatment program which is more effective and efficient in addressing the problems associated in drugs. Intensifying border patrol will only cause more trouble in the nation by forcing the drug users to commit crimes just to finance their vice – drugs. On the other hand, drug treatment programs minimize the number of drugs users in the nation as well as targets the inelasticity of demand of drugs in the market to lower the demand on drugs.
It is therefore recommended for the federal government to use drug treatment approach as a solution in drugs.
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