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Let’s start a war!
The one eyed vision for drugs
When Harry Anslinger was made the first chief of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics he inherited a
department that had just had its budget slashed. It appeared to Harry that there may be a chance his office would follow the way of alcohol prohibition and be shut down.
So what do you do when faced with the prospect of losing your job?
You start a war.
It’s been a war that has been going for nearly 100 years, costing billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives. Like alcohol prohibition, it has been a failure too, only on a vaster scale.
We track the start of prohibition and it's rise to global policy - all based on the assertions of one man. We introduce the "Father of Prohibition", Harry Anslinger.
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