What is a Trap House?
A trap house is defined as a place where illegal drugs are sold. Also known as a drug house or crack house, trap houses are usually abandoned and shelter drug users. They are also places where drug dealers supply drugs. Trap houses can also be used to synthesize drugs or store products and ingredients.
Where Are Trap Houses Located?
Trap houses are often located in low-income areas and, as stated above, are usually abandoned homes. It’s usually not hard to spot them because people come and go all hours of the night and day. Police have trouble catching the dealers because anytime they get word the police might be onto them, they will pack up and move to another location or house. And, a dealer or user will rarely stay in the same house for more than one week. They are constantly moving around.
The War On Drugs Continues Every Single Day
The war on drugs is a global campaign that the federal government has led, of military aid, intervention, and drug prohibition, to reduce the illegal drug trade in the US. It started in the 1970s under President Richard Nixon.
Nixon declared drug abuse the public’s number one enemy and increased federal funding for drug treatment efforts and drug control agencies. It also increased penalties, enforcement, and incarceration for drug offenders. The National Institute of Health Substance use & misuse “War on Drugs Policing and Police Brutality” reports:
War on Drugs policing has failed in its stated goal of reducing domestic street-level drug activity: the cost of drugs on the street remains low, and drugs remain widely available. Evaluations of specific tactics, such as raids on crack houses and crackdowns, suggest that their effects on drug availability are minimal, decay rapidly, and may displace drug activity to other areas and increase drug-related violence. A large body of research, however, has identified significant unintended, negative consequences of the War on Drugs’ policing strategies for the public’s health, including increased risk of HIV transmission. (NIH)
The war on drugs continues to be a battle every single day. Unfortunately, there are far more addicts and drug dealers in this country than law enforcement agents, making it a constant struggle.
The Historical Background of Drug Abuse Problems in the United States
In the 1980s, President Ronald Regan reinforced and expanded a lot of President Nixon’s drug policies. His wife, Nancy Regan, started the “Just Say No” campaign to highlight the dangers of drug use.
In 1986, the Anti-Drug Abuse Act was passed through Congress. This law established mandatory minimum prison sentences for certain drug offenses. However, the law was later criticized as racist because it involved longer prison stays for crack cocaine offenses versus powdered cocaine, and crack cocaine is used more often in the African-American community.
The United States has been battling drug abuse problems since the 1970s, and things have only gotten worse as the years have gone on despite laws being passed. Now the US has been battling a terrible opioid epidemic going on for the last 20 or more years. Unfortunately, this country has to continue to fight this war as lives continue to be taken every day.
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