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Drug tests aim to break crime cycle.

More than 460 drug tests have been carried out on offenders by West Midlands Police during the first month of a major scheme to break the cycle of substance abuse and crime. Fifty per cent of those tested proved positive for heroin, cocaine or crack as the force entered the Government's Out of Crime, Into Treatment programme.

In the second year of the Home Office's three-year pilot project to break the cycle of drugs-crime-prison, eight operational command units in Birmingham and Smethwick are now drug-testing offenders in custody. Project director Chief Supt Bob Baxter said: 'We have already charged seven individuals for refusing the mandatory drug test.'
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 2, 2004
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