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The prevalence of comorbid serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in prison populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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The prevalence of comorbid serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in prison populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis Baranyi, Gergő et al. The Lancet Public Health, Volume 7, Issue 6, e557 - e568
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Comorbid mental illnesses and substance use disorders are associated with adverse criminal, social, and health outcomes. Yet, their burden is not reliably known among prison populations. We therefore aimed to estimate the prevalence of comorbid serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders (dual disorders) among people in prison worldwide.

Impact of Cannabis Legalization on Youth Contact with the Criminal Justice System

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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) provided funding to Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah and Dr. Scot Wortley from the University of Toronto to research youth interactions with the criminal justice system, including the nature and outcomes of those interactions.

Review of Alternatives to Incarceration Efforts Worldwide

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Diplomacy Lab Project 2010304, U.S. Department of State, Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships and Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and John Jay College of Criminal Justice
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Substance use disorders are reoccurring chronic, often relapsing disease that affect the brain and should be treated within the public health arena similar to other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. This understanding, however, does not easily find its way into public or social policy.

Webinar Rehabilitation for Clients in the Criminal Justice System “Challenges and opportunities for drug rehabilitation practitioners"

In an effort to tackle the problem of abuse and illicit trafficking of narcotics, psychotropics and addictive substances, the government has enacted Law no. 35 of 2009 concerning Narcotics. Basically, the sanctions regulated in the Narcotics Law adhere to a double track system, namely in the form of criminal sanctions and action sanctions. In its development, narcotics abuse and addicts no longer lead to imprisonment but instead leads to the rehabilitation of substance use disorders

Perspectives of illicit marijuana growers and traders on commercial legalization of marijuana in South Africa: considerations for policy formulation

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Manu, E., Douglas, M., Ntsaba, M.J. et al. Perspectives of illicit marijuana growers and traders on commercial legalisation of marijuana in South Africa: considerations for policy formulation. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy 16, 54 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-021-00391-w
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Over the past era, there has been a call for legalizing marijuana cultivation and trading for commercial purposes in South Africa. Advocates of the call argue that the criminalization of commercial marijuana cultivation and trading has failed to stop illicit marijuana cultivation and trading. Nevertheless, the views of those who economically benefit from the illicit marijuana trade on its legalization remain empirically unsolicited.