Mandatory sentences have proven themselves to be not to be effective in deterrent to crime. This is especially true in the cases of drug addiction. Effective drug treatment must be created and implemented in drug related cases. The war on drugs has created a Prohibition style mentality among the dealers and users. For the dealers, the monies are to great and the payoff/risk factors to low for them to care about sentences. For the users, the psychological and physical needs for the drug predominate they're very being. The war on drugs has overburden our law enforcement system, judicial system and prison systems. At a cost that is burdensome for the tax payers.