Somebody Tell the President that Imprisoning Drug Users Doesn’t Stop Drug Use or Prevent Overdoses
March 8, 2018

“Louisiana imprisons people at a higher rate for drug crimes than any other state in the country. Oklahoma ranks second.  One might then think that Louisiana and Oklahoma would have correspondingly lower rates of drug use and drug overdoses. Nope. According to a new report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the two states rank pretty high in drug use and overdose deaths.  This newly released set of findings shows that incarcerating people for drug crimes does not correlate with either less drug use or fewer overdoses. Louisiana ranks 13th in the county in drug use. Oklahoma ranks 10th in rates of both drug use and overdose deaths.”

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