Anne L. Foster is Associate Professor of History at Indiana State University, author of
War on Drugs Declared
Although the United States has followed a “war on drugs” approach for decades, President Nixon's more formal declaration of a War on Drugs had some consequences. Initially, domestic policy balanced punishment and supply-side control with prevention and treatment, but the punishment approach soon became dominant. Globally, US supply-side control pushed drug production further underground and to new locations worldwide.