Is the “War on Drugs” working in Texas?

Throughout the years during the “War on Drugs”, Texas’s stance on drug enforcement policy has been one of zero tolerance. However, has this stringent position been effective? I have compiled data from four statistical categories (i.e. total drug abuse arrests, drug-related deaths, drug abuse-related rehab visits, and US total drug control spending) from 6 counties in Texas. Three of these are rural, border-inspecting counties (Brooks, Hudspeth, and Webb) while the remaining three are suburban/urban counties (Tarrant, Travis, and Williamson). To put it into perspective, Texas alone has a higher rate of incarceration than any other founding NATO nation with a rate of 891 per 100,000 people. The next closest nation, the United Kingdom, has an incarceration rate of only 139 per 100,000 people. After observing Figure 1, one can see that the counties’ figures for total drug abuse arrests fluctuate with time. The most poignant figure from this data is that the small county of Hudspeth had a total of 2,209 drug abuse arrests, while a larger, urban county like Tarrant county only had 1,232. By looking at these statistics, it seems like a rural county has a far worse drug problem than the higher-populated Tarrant county. is it supposed to be the opposite having more drug use in urban cities than rural?

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