Police commissioner suggests providing free weed to drug-dependent inmates could curb overdose deaths

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The powers that be must consider providing free cannabis to drug-dependent inmates who are using potentially deadly substances if the goal is to curb overdose deaths, says the North Wales Police’s police and crime commissioner. In an exclusive interview, Arfon Jones told The Guardian that corrections facilities should be open to trialing free cannabis schemes for drug-dependent inmates. Getting to the heart of circumstances that often lead to violence, officials would learn if such an approach actually helps to cut back on overdose deaths, stem drug-related violence and assist opioid-addicted individuals, Jones allegedly said. Three interesting things cannabis research showed us in 2020 Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police calls for decriminalization of simple drug possession B.C.’s former provincial health officer says legal heroin could save lives There were 88 drug-related deaths in corrections facilities in England and Wales from 2008 to 2016, note figures from the Office for National Statistics . Pointing out that cheap synthetic cannabinoids like spice are both available and potentially deadly, Jones, 66, suggested that cannabis would pose less risk. “If they’re on opioids, why can’t they be prescribed cannabis?” said the commissioner, who is not seeking re-election, according to The Guardian . “At the end of the day, opioids are a damn sight more dangerous than cannabis.” In 2014, Johns Hopkins reported that opioid-related overdose deaths in legal states at the time “was about 25 percent lower, on average, than the rate in states without these laws.” A B.C. study released late last year found that cannabis use among people undergoing opioid agonist therapy for opioid use disorder was associated with lower exposures to potentially deadly fentanyl. Jones tweeted on Sunday that it’s “time to think outside the box” if government and prison authorities are “serious about reducing violence and organised crime within the prison…

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