What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read the word ‘America’s War on Drugs?’ Like many other people the first thing that might have come in your mind might be the ruthless drug cartels operating in Mexico and the United States.
For decades, drug cartels have been smuggling different types of drugs from Mexico to the United States through the southern US border.
The regulatory authorities in both countries are trying their best to stop these cartels from distributing dangerous drugs in both countries.
However it might come as a shock to many people that this isn’t America’s first fight against drugs.
The United States of America has been at war with drugs since the 19th century.
The drugs might have changed but the fact that drugs have a negative effect on society stay the same.
What Was America’s First War On Drugs?
America’s first war on drugs was against opium. Opium is a powerful drug that is usually smoked by people in China and Afghanistan.
In the 19th century, many Chinese immigrants made their way to the United States.
The Chinese used to smoke opium religiously during that time and when a large population of Chinese people immigrated to America, they brought their habit of smoking opium with them.
During that time there weren’t any strong laws against the use of drugs which rose as an opportunity for people who wanted to gain advantage from selling opium.
In the mid of 19th century, a large population of Chinese people immigrated to the US.
As they were prone to smoking opium, they kept doing it in the United States as well.
As opium was legal at that time, the Chinese immigrants did not hold back.
Opium was easily found in many different states of America. The best place to get opium in that time was at the Opium Den establishments.
It was the Chinese population who started the Opium Den however, like we see the drug problem today, opium quickly found a strong following amongst the local population as well.