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Even under the worst case scenario, with drug use doubling under legalization, Britain could still see annual savings of .7 billion.Under the best case scenario, the savings would approach billion annually." As the study states, "The conclusion is that regulating the drugs market is a dramatically more cost-effective policy than prohibition and that moving from prohibition to a regulated drugs market in England and Wales would provide a new saving to taxpayers, victims of crime, communities, the criminal justice system, and drug users." Transform hosts the study online in PDF form.Scientific researchers at the University of Milan published a cannabis study in July of 2008 that may surprise pharmaceutical companies looking to cash in on the medicinal value of the plant - and certainly the US government.As the Drug War Chronicle reported on July 25, the study showed "that whole-plant marijuana extracts provide better relief for neuropathic pain than isolated components of the plant, like THC alone" ("Medical Marijuana: Whole Plant Better Than Isolated Components, Italian Study Finds").Check out these other CSDP news pages: Afghanistan AIDS Anti-Drug Media Campaign Asia and the US Drug War Bolivia Bush's Cabinet Burma Canada Chronic Pain Management Colombia Communities Against the Drug War Conferences & Events Corruption DARE Admits Failure Drug Control Alternatives Ecstasy Families Targeted by Drug War Federal Drug Control Strategy Hemp News Heroin & Heroin Addiction Treatment Higher Education Act (HEA) Reform Initiatives International Reform Laos Mandatory Minimums Marijuana Medical Marijuana Methamphetamines Mexico Narco-Funded Terrorism New Mexico Nixon New York ONDCP Oxy Contin Pain Management Peru Police Shootings & Botched Raids Prop 36 Racial Profiling Recommended Reading Research News South America Thailand Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration Tulia United Kingdom Moves Toward Reform United Nations: News and Reports Drug War Facts Research Archive Coalition for Medical Marijuana Managing Chronic Pain Drug War Distortions Safety First Get Active!Drug Truth Network Links Drug Strategy Drugs and Terror Recommended Reading Site Map Click to go to the item or scroll down Canadian Study Finds Heroin More Effective Treatment Than Methadone for Recovering Heroin Addicts Media Misunderstands University of Texas Researchers' Claims That Marijuana May Spread and Prolong Pain Study Finds Link Between Marijuana Use and a Reduced Risk for Head and Neck Cancers United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Issues Centennial Report British Study Says Drug Legalization Could Save Billion Per Year Human Rights Watch Study Finds Massive Racial Disparities in Drug Arrests Across Three Decades Italian Study Finds Whole Marijuana Plant More Than Sum of its Parts Government Report Notes Conflict Between Drug Control, Foreign Relations Strategies US Leads World In Substance Use New Study Shows One Adult For Every One Hundred Is Behind Bars In US Marijuana and Gum Disease Increasing Penalties for Pot Would Not Keep Young People From Using Justice Department: US Prison Population Hits New Record High Swiss Research Shows Occasional Marijuana Use Not Harmful To Teens Sentencing Commission Releases 2007 Report To Congress On Cocaine And Federal Sentencing Policy Canada: Social and Economic Costs from Alcohol Use Double That of Illegal Drugs Lancet: Rational Scale Assessing Harms of Drugs Shows Alcohol More Dangerous Than Cannabis, Ecstasy Pew Trust Project Report Forecasts Increase In America's Prison Population Justice Department: More Than 2.3 Million Americans Behind Bars Sentencing Project Report Debunks Methamphetamine Myths US Incarceration Rate Continues To Rise US Incarceration Rate Highest In World White House To Test Sewage New Methodology Can Determine Drug Use Rates Monitoring The Future 2005 Survey Of US Teen Drug Use Federal Report Criticizes Drug Czar's Numbers, Assertions On Colombia Drug Czar's Claim Of Success In Cocaine War Doesn't Stand Up To Scrutiny US Justice Department: Nearly 7 Million Under Correctional Supervision DOJ Releases 2004 Report On State And Federal Prisoners FBI Spins New Crime Numbers Feds Issue Report On Denial Of Benefits To Drug Offenders New Report: Teen Marijuana Use Down In States With Medical Marijuana Laws Report: Marijuana Arrests Have No Impact On Overall Marijuana Use Study: Ultra-Rapid Detox Less Effective, More Dangerous Than Traditional Methods US DOJ Reports On Number Of Drug Offenders In US Jails Secret UK Government Report Blasts Drug War UNAIDS: Syringe Exchanges Are A Necessary Part Of Global AIDS Prevention Efforts; 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Few Surprises, Changes To Earlier Trends Fiscal Realities Drive States To Consider Alternatives To Incarceration Justice Department: US Spends 7 Billion A Year On Criminal Justice System Annual Report on European Drug Use Issued By EU Monitoring Agency FBI Releases Uniform Crime Report 2000; Arrests for Drugs, Particularly Marijuana, At All-Time Highs Feds Release Annual National Survey Of Drug Abuse, Report Little Change In Use Rates Columbia University Study Dismisses DARE, ' Zero Tolerance' School Drug Prevention Programs As Ineffective University of Michigan Releases Monitoring The Future 2000 Survey Results Research Documents Tremendous Growth In Number Of Drug Offenders Serving Time In Federal Prison New ACLU Poll Shows Americans Believe Rehabilitation Works; Strong Support Shown For Positive Alternatives For Non-Violent Offenders Department Of Justice Report Casts More Doubt On Gateway Theory, Contends It May Be Time To De-Emphasize ' Tough' Law Enforcement NIDA Report On Drug Use By Minorities Confirms: Whites More Likely Than Blacks To Use United Nations Drug Control Program Issues 2001 Global Illicit Drug Trends Report; Estimates Of Colombian Cocaine Production Revised Drastically Upward RAND Corporation Report: Plan Colombia "Predicated On A Doubtful Strategy" New Federal Report Cites Increasing Heroin Use And Injection Drug Use Among Youth In New Jersey Syringe Exchange Update Racial Disparities Found In Illinois Drug Prosecutions; 99% Of Cook County Youth Tried As Adults Are Non-White Houston Racial Profiling Data Collection Flawed According To Newspaper's Analysis US Government Committee Says Law Enforcement Appears Ineffective At Reducing Illicit Drug Use; Recommends Research Into Alternatives Study Shows News Reports Overstate Crime, Drug Use By Minorities, Argues That False Perceptions Shape Policy Debate US Youth More Likely To Use Drugs Than European Young People, Study Finds Justice Department Tracking Police-Public Contact New Research Trials Starting On Cannabis & MS Columbia University Report Shows Parenting Key To Stopping Teen Drug Use RAND Corporation Research Shows Marijuana Decriminalization Does Not Increase Use New Report Finds Most State Anti-Drug Spending Goes To Criminal Justice System Surgeon General Releases Report on Youth Violence FBI Releases Crime Data as Media Reports Raise Questions About Accuracy of FBI Statistics Philadelphia Inquirer Blows Whistle On Police Statistics -- Thousands Of Previously Ignored Crimes Come To Light Monitoring The Future According to an August 20, 2009 report by Canada's All Headline News, Canadian scientists who conducted a study "of 251 drug addicts in Montreal and Vancouver" found "that giving recovering addicts diacetylmorphine" - the active ingredient in heroin - "is more effective and leads to higher rates of recovery than administering oral methadone" ("NAOMI Study: Heroin Better Than Methadone for Recovering Drug Addicts").The North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) conducted the study, providing "115 addicts with diacetylmorphine, 111 methadone and 25 hydromorphone, which is an approved opiate as a pain reliever." In the end, "medical morphine" - or diacetylmorphine - "users had an 88 percent recovery," while those receiving methadone recovered at a rate of only 54 percent. Martin Schecter, "said in a statement, 'We now have evidence to show that heroin-assisted therapy is safe and effective treatment for people with chronic heroin addiction who have not benefited from previous treatments.
As he states, "Now, for more pathological conditions like neuropathic pain, where the problem is a dysfunction within the nerves themselves and a subsequent disturbance throughout the nervous system that's not confined to the pain system, marijuana may be beneficial.The article contends that the study acts as "an intervention in the ongoing debate between medical marijuana supporters and herbal and alternative medicine advocates on one side and the US government, some politicians, and the pharmaceuticalized medicine industry on the other." The study's authors write that "Collectively, [their] findings strongly support the idea that the combination of cannabinoid and non-cannabinoid compounds, as present in extracts, provide significant advantages ...compared with pure cannibinoids alone." In layperson terms, the study essentially found that extracting certain compounds - such as THC, the compound found in Marinol - with accepted (or acceptable) medicinal uses provides pain sufferers with less relief than do the combinations of compounds found naturally in the marijuana plant.But on the other hand he offers facile arguments dismissing the need for serious debate on alternative drug policies." He adds, "The report erroneously assumes that prohibition is the ultimate form of control when in fact it represents the abdication of control." For a more indepth analysis of the report, stop by the Chronicle's June 26 feature ("UN Drug Czar Attacks Legalizers -- Legalizers Say 'It's About Time'").You can also view both a summary of the report and download the full text in PDF form at the UNODC's web page (UNODC Launches 2009 Annual Report).
A combination of optimal therapies [...] can attract those most severely addicted to heroin, keep them in treatment and more importantly, help improve their social and medical conditions." In addition to the important aforementioned findings, the study also showed that "the participants' involvement in illegal activities and money spend on drugs fell by almost 50 percent." The full study appears in the August 20 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, and was initially released in October of 2008.