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Lincolnshire Police offers help to people who test positive for Class A drugs in custody

People who test positive for Class A drugs in custody will be referred for help.

Lincolnshire Police are offering people who test positive for Class A drugs while in custody will be referred to a specialist drugs support service, with the aim to treat the cause of the problem and reduce the volume of crime committed.

This initiative was introduced in March in Grantham, Boston and Lincoln, and will soon be introduced at Skegness.

Lincolnshire Police. Picture: iStock
Lincolnshire Police. Picture: iStock

Mark Lassmans, co-ordinator of the initiative, said: "We know that so many offences that are committed in Lincolnshire are motivated by a need to fund drug addictions

"Initiatives like drug testing on arrest, which aims to reduce the number of drug-related crimes and drug-related deaths in the county, will do just that, by referring detainees to drug treatment services.

“This will give those who need it the most the best chance of turning their lives around by providing them with the support they desperately need and help them in their recovery.

"The more people we can help and get into treatment, the less likely they are to continue committing offences and the lower the risk of them succumbing to the tragedy of drug poisoning.

"Drug testing on arrest can help people out of the cycle of re-offending and into treatment to get their lives back on track. It’s important to remember that drug testing is not about criminalising people, but to get them into treatment wherever possible.

“If we can turn one person’s life around or save one life, then it will be worth it."

Since the initiative began in March, 65% of people have tested for one or more Class A drugs and been referred to Lincolnshire Partnership Recovery (LRP) for help and guidance.

Alleged offenders who arrive at custody for ‘trigger offences’ - such as theft or burglary - alongside a Class A drug offence are required to provide a sample of saliva for testing.

If a positive result is shown, the detainee will be referred to a specialist drugs support service within Lincolnshire to access treatment and support to help them with recovery.

Once referred, those who require treatment could be supported in other ways to tackle other underlying issues, such as help to attend doctor’s appointments.

Drug testing in custody is mandatory and anyone who refuses to provide a sample without good cause can be charged and sent to court.

Those who provide a saliva sample with a positive result will be required to attend a mandatory appointment for the referral.

If they fail to attend that appointment, then in some circumstances they will be sent a second appointment by LRP with an alternative time and date.

If they fail to show for their second appointment then they can be summoned to court.

Almost 90% of those have attended their appointments and a number of those have entered into further treatment, accessing help and support to aid them in their recovery.

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