"Declared" by the Reagan Administration, the concept dates back to the days of Prohibition (when alcohol and cocaine were criminalized), gained steam after alcohol was relegalized (Reefer Madness), and began peaking with the criminalization of LSD in the mid-60's.

This "war" seeks to eliminate all vestiges of controlled substances by any means short of martial law. But grab all the Viagra, Prozac, and Budweiser you want.