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A study on relationship between drugs and crime has found that marijuana was the drug of choice for most prison inmates in several countries across the region.

Citing the 2014 prison survey which was conducted in Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis, research analyst at the National Council on Drug Abuse Uki Atkinson said that was the case among both convicts and remand inmates.

The study found that between 68 and 86 per cent of all offenders had used marijuana at least once in their lifetime.

The highest proportion was reported in Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the lowest proportion was in St. Kitts and Nevis, while Jamaica reported approximately 75 per cent of inmates used marijuana,” she said.

Atkinson also revealed that the Jamaican inmates confessed to using marijuana before any other drugs, which was outside of the norm.

The research analyst further noted that the average age for first use of marijuana was 15; alcohol, age 16, and tobacco, age 17.
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