For decades, law enforcement agencies have devoted enormous amounts of money, energy and investigative resources to fighting the so-called war on drugs. This has resulted in millions of people being arrested, charged, convicted and punished for drug crimes.
For decades, the War on Drugs in the U.S. has resulted in massive arrest efforts and pushes to maximize penalties for even minor offenses. However, critics of this so-called war have been quick to point out that these law enforcement tactics have done little more than contribute to overpopulation in jails and skyrocketing numbers of people with criminal records.
There are a lot of laws on the books to address drug abuse and marketing of drugs in the United States. Every state, including Illinois, has its set of laws. The federal government has its laws, too. As you work your way down through the various levels of jurisdiction you find that individual counties and cities may have their own ordinances related to this issue.
If we look at portrayals of pregnant women on television, it is almost always women who are taking expensive prenatal vitamins, going to numerous doctors' visits, and attending birthing and parenting classes. This is not a reality for every Illinois woman, however. There are some women who, because of a heavy dependence on drugs, are unable to avoid illegal substances.