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Prison Doesn't Seem to Stop Drug Use, Study Says

Researchers from the Pew Charitable Trusts crunched state-by-state data on drug imprisonment, drug use, overdoses and drug arrests

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    Prison Doesn't Seem to Stop Drug Use, Study Says

    Sending more people to prison for drug offenses won't have an effect on drug use and deaths, according to a new analysis released this week.

    Researchers from the Pew Charitable Trusts crunched state-by-state data on drug imprisonment, drug use, overdoses and drug arrests and found no evidence that they affected one another, NBC News reported.

    That lack of a pattern shows the flaw in a central philosophy in the war on drugs: That doling out harsh penalties makes people less inclined to use drugs or join the drug trade, said Adam Gelb, director of Pew's public safety performance project, which works to reform state-level drug policies.