Britain's Prime Minister Calls for Mandatory Drug Testing

Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair has asked the Home Office to look into requiring drug testing of any offender arrested for burglary or theft, two offenses that he said are driving up drug use, the BBC reported April 4.

Currently, police only have the authority to order heroin and cocaine testing if the suspect has been charged. Blair said more early intervention would allow the government to identify offenders with potential drug problems and offer treatment options. He said testing would divert drug users away from crime and into treatment.

According to U.K. statistics, three in four crack cocaine and heroin users said they commit crimes to support their addiction.


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