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Routine drug tests introduced at Hereford police station
MANY people arrested in Hereford are now being routinely tested for drugs in a bid to tackle drug-related offending.
The tests carried out at Hereford Police Station for class A drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, for anyone over the age of 18 began yesterday (Monday), after the Drug Testing On Arrest initiative - part of the Drug Intervention Programme - was introduced in Telford in March.
If a test is positive the detainee will attend two meetings with a drugs worker and will receive necessary treatment.
People will only be tested if they are detained under any burglary dwelling offence, all class A drug supply and possession offences and any national trigger offences, which include theft and fraud, as well as any Integrated Offender Management or Prolific and Priority Offender prisoners.