Police commissioner suggests offering drug-addicted inmates with free weed to assist curb overdose deaths

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Jones (66) pointed out that cheap synthetic cannabinoids like spices are both available and potentially deadly, and suggested that cannabis would pose a lower risk.

“If they’re taking opioids, why can’t they be prescribed cannabis?” said the commissioner, who, according to The Guardian, is not seeking re-election. “At the end of the day, opioids are a damn dangerous sight than cannabis.”

In 2014, Johns Hopkins reported that opioid-related deaths from overdose in constitutional states at the time “were on average about 25 percent lower than in states without these laws”. A BC study published late last year found that cannabis use was associated with lower exposure to the potentially fatal fentanyl in people undergoing opioid agonist therapy for opioid use disorders.

Jones tweeted on Sunday that it is “time to think outside the box” when government and prison authorities are “serious about reducing violence and organized crime within the prison grounds”.

In a tweet in response to the article, it said, “The introduction of drug testing in prisons led directly to an increase in spice consumption and the chaos that has wreaked havoc on the prison system. I’ve learned a lot about working with prison staff, and almost all of them support the elimination of testing and a return to a “blind eye” for cannabis use. “

A 2019 government report said: “Substance abuse is widespread and contributes to violence, crime and vulnerability in prisons, threatening the safety and ability of our hard-working prison workers to establish effective regimes. We will not be able to improve security, prevent repeat offenses and fight serious and organized crime without reducing drug abuse in prisons. “

The idea of ​​testing free cannabis in prisons was first introduced by a pharmacologist almost three years ago.

In addition to improving conditions for inmates and staff, the controlled delivery of cannabis could help reduce the frequency of drug smuggling in UK facilities, Jones said.

The frequency of drugs found in UK prisons increased 18 percent to 21,575 over the 2019-20 period. And a study nearly two decades old found that “prisons are a high-risk environment for initiation and use of heroin and other drugs.”

In a July 2016 fact sheet, IT systems provider Illy Systems reported that spice and black mamba synthetic cannabinoids have become the most popular drugs in UK prisons. One in three prisoners said they had used one of the substances in the previous month.

Recreational cannabis remains illegal in the UK

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