"This research paper examines illegal drug trafficking and drug abuse activities that are prevalent in this country with special emphasis on the problems that their use creates for America. It covers the early years when narcotics began appearing with increased frequency in this country. It identifies the basic efforts utilized in combating drug activity, and it addresses why individuals subject themselves to possible jail sentences by becoming involved in illegal narcotic trafficking. The paper also reviews short and long term problems from the enormous profits of illegal drug sales. Finally, the paper considers if change in the drug enforcement system is necessary."