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News - 30 July 2009
Obligatory drug-tests could be extended through Sussex
Following success in Crawley, a scheme which obliges arrested people to be tested for drugs is likely to be extended to other centres in Sussex.
People arrested on suspicion of drug-related crimes such as theft are being made to have their mouth swabbed to test for traces of illegal substances, in the scheme which aims to get addicts out of crime and into treatment.
Even if they are not formally charged with any crime, anyone who tested positive for drugs would have to attend a meeting with a drugs worker - and could be prosecuted if they do not. The drug intervention programme is already under way in Crawley. It is being introduced in Hastings in January and Brighton and Hove drugs services are ready to follow suit if police bosses are impressed by the results.
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