Suspects to be tested for illegal substances

Suspects to be tested for illegal substances

Suspects to be tested for illegal substances

First published in Local News

PEOPLE arrested for drugs and theft offences could be tested for illegal substances as part of a new scheme.

The Home Office has given Essex Police £718,000 for a scheme called Drug Testing on Arrest to combat the drug-related crime.

The programme will be run for two years and will be evaluated by Essex University.

Nick Alston, Essex’s crime commissioner, said: “Class A drug users often commit a significant proportion of acquisitive crime.

“The programme aims to identify whether a person arrested on suspicion of certain offences is a Class A drug user, and if so facilitate their access to treatment.

“The evidence shows successful treatment for drug misuse will significantly reduce reoffending, and keep our communities safer.”

When someone is arrested on suspicion of crimes directly related to drugs, such as drugs possession, or crimes that could indirectly related, such as burglary, theft and robbery, the custody officers staff will consider whether a drug test is appropriate.

If the test is approved by an inspector, a compulsory saliva swab will be taken.

If it comes back positive, help and treatment for drug use will be made available.

Derek Benson, Essex Police’s Deputy Chief Constable, said “Testing such as this offers Essex Police another valuable tool alongside education and enforcement in tackling drug misuse.”

According to research by the National Treatment Agency, a heroin or crack cocaine user costs society more than £25,000 a year.

Home Office research revealed a 26 per cent drop in reoffending following a positive test in custody and subsequent help.

The scheme will run throughout the county.

It is hoped 800 people will be referred for treatment.

A pilot scheme in Chelmsford saw 53 people referred for treatment and 37 people received help.

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3:07pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Nebs says...

What about driving offences?
What about driving offences? Nebs
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3:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Russ13 says...

Have these wonderfully thoughtful people who dream up these wonderful schemes ever thought that a lot of drug users do it just because they want to and enjoy whatever "buzz" they get for it? When this is the case no amount of help, rehabilitation will work.

I started working in a chemist when I was 14, there was a guy who'd come in daily for his methadone...........
. 23 years later he's still going in there for his daily dose of methadone. Is the system working or is this guy selling his methadone and buying the real thing?

The powers that be just need to accept that there are a lot of scumbags who do drugs and don't want to be helped and don't care that they upset normal, hardworking people by stealing from them to feed their addiction. These scumbags need locking up, preferrably for long periods of time and go cold turkey.
Have these wonderfully thoughtful people who dream up these wonderful schemes ever thought that a lot of drug users do it just because they want to and enjoy whatever "buzz" they get for it? When this is the case no amount of help, rehabilitation will work. I started working in a chemist when I was 14, there was a guy who'd come in daily for his methadone........... . 23 years later he's still going in there for his daily dose of methadone. Is the system working or is this guy selling his methadone and buying the real thing? The powers that be just need to accept that there are a lot of scumbags who do drugs and don't want to be helped and don't care that they upset normal, hardworking people by stealing from them to feed their addiction. These scumbags need locking up, preferrably for long periods of time and go cold turkey. Russ13
  • Score: 8

3:46pm Fri 8 Aug 14

DAGASMAN says...

Russ13 wrote:
Have these wonderfully thoughtful people who dream up these wonderful schemes ever thought that a lot of drug users do it just because they want to and enjoy whatever "buzz" they get for it? When this is the case no amount of help, rehabilitation will work.

I started working in a chemist when I was 14, there was a guy who'd come in daily for his methadone...........
. 23 years later he's still going in there for his daily dose of methadone. Is the system working or is this guy selling his methadone and buying the real thing?

The powers that be just need to accept that there are a lot of scumbags who do drugs and don't want to be helped and don't care that they upset normal, hardworking people by stealing from them to feed their addiction. These scumbags need locking up, preferrably for long periods of time and go cold turkey.
Methadone just stops the withdrawal effects, they get no buzz from it, who's going to buy that? Methadone does nothing to treat addiction
[quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: Have these wonderfully thoughtful people who dream up these wonderful schemes ever thought that a lot of drug users do it just because they want to and enjoy whatever "buzz" they get for it? When this is the case no amount of help, rehabilitation will work. I started working in a chemist when I was 14, there was a guy who'd come in daily for his methadone........... . 23 years later he's still going in there for his daily dose of methadone. Is the system working or is this guy selling his methadone and buying the real thing? The powers that be just need to accept that there are a lot of scumbags who do drugs and don't want to be helped and don't care that they upset normal, hardworking people by stealing from them to feed their addiction. These scumbags need locking up, preferrably for long periods of time and go cold turkey.[/p][/quote]Methadone just stops the withdrawal effects, they get no buzz from it, who's going to buy that? Methadone does nothing to treat addiction DAGASMAN
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3:55pm Fri 8 Aug 14

chunkus04 says...

what gives the powers that be the right to take a swab. what if i refuse??
what gives the powers that be the right to take a swab. what if i refuse?? chunkus04
  • Score: -3

4:10pm Fri 8 Aug 14

danger2013 says...

chunkus04 wrote:
what gives the powers that be the right to take a swab. what if i refuse??
They will hold you down and take the sample by force.
[quote][p][bold]chunkus04[/bold] wrote: what gives the powers that be the right to take a swab. what if i refuse??[/p][/quote]They will hold you down and take the sample by force. danger2013
  • Score: 5

4:44pm Fri 8 Aug 14

chunkus04 says...

danger2013 wrote:
chunkus04 wrote:
what gives the powers that be the right to take a swab. what if i refuse??
They will hold you down and take the sample by force.
they wont force my mouth open though surley? and if they did they will get bitten. its not that i have anything to hide as i dont do drugs but i think its about human rights. i understand dna testing as it help identify someone for a crime but this seems a waste of taxpayers money. people will only change if they want to change not because they are being forced.
[quote][p][bold]danger2013[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chunkus04[/bold] wrote: what gives the powers that be the right to take a swab. what if i refuse??[/p][/quote]They will hold you down and take the sample by force.[/p][/quote]they wont force my mouth open though surley? and if they did they will get bitten. its not that i have anything to hide as i dont do drugs but i think its about human rights. i understand dna testing as it help identify someone for a crime but this seems a waste of taxpayers money. people will only change if they want to change not because they are being forced. chunkus04
  • Score: -1

3:12am Sat 9 Aug 14

ORACUS says...

Judging by the thumbs Its easy to ascertain that the morons posting here seem to be for the idea of forced medical treatment on sane people.
Hitler would be so proud.
Judging by the thumbs Its easy to ascertain that the morons posting here seem to be for the idea of forced medical treatment on sane people. Hitler would be so proud. ORACUS
  • Score: 0

11:19am Mon 11 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

ORACUS wrote:
Judging by the thumbs Its easy to ascertain that the morons posting here seem to be for the idea of forced medical treatment on sane people.
Hitler would be so proud.
I take it your in support of the criminals who burgle, steal rob and take to feed their pathetic drug habits
[quote][p][bold]ORACUS[/bold] wrote: Judging by the thumbs Its easy to ascertain that the morons posting here seem to be for the idea of forced medical treatment on sane people. Hitler would be so proud.[/p][/quote]I take it your in support of the criminals who burgle, steal rob and take to feed their pathetic drug habits sesibollox
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Mon 11 Aug 14

ORACUS says...

sesibollox wrote:
ORACUS wrote:
Judging by the thumbs Its easy to ascertain that the morons posting here seem to be for the idea of forced medical treatment on sane people.
Hitler would be so proud.
I take it your in support of the criminals who burgle, steal rob and take to feed their pathetic drug habits
No I’m against any erosion of the right of a sane individual to refuse medical treatment.
[quote][p][bold]sesibollox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ORACUS[/bold] wrote: Judging by the thumbs Its easy to ascertain that the morons posting here seem to be for the idea of forced medical treatment on sane people. Hitler would be so proud.[/p][/quote]I take it your in support of the criminals who burgle, steal rob and take to feed their pathetic drug habits[/p][/quote]No I’m against any erosion of the right of a sane individual to refuse medical treatment. ORACUS
  • Score: -1

6:16am Sat 16 Aug 14

Dr Martin says...

ORACUS wrote:
Judging by the thumbs Its easy to ascertain that the morons posting here seem to be for the idea of forced medical treatment on sane people.
Hitler would be so proud.
Godwin's law
[quote][p][bold]ORACUS[/bold] wrote: Judging by the thumbs Its easy to ascertain that the morons posting here seem to be for the idea of forced medical treatment on sane people. Hitler would be so proud.[/p][/quote]Godwin's law Dr Martin
  • Score: 0

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