The war on drugs has been one of the protracted battles on social issues in the United States. Started in the 1970s by the Nixon Administration, the war on drugs has endured through successive regimes, despite the sluggish success, partly because of the political patronage it has received from the Oval Office. Over the years, the modus operadi for the war on drugs has continually changed, apparently with little success. The war on drugs has had many unintended consequences, one of them is the overcrowding in the correctional facilities. However, it was the changes to the protracted war on drugs that were introduced by the Reagan administration in 1982 that has increased the number of prisoners with drug related offenses. Considering the unintended impacts, the focus should not be on where the rain started beating us but rather on what should be done to mitigate the problem and free spaces in the correctional facilities by instituting workable solutions to drug related offenders.