Sunday, August 01, 2004

Arrested youths tested for drugs

Teenagers arrested in three London boroughs for drug-related crime will be tested for Class A drugs from Sunday.

Camden, Newham and Southwark are taking part in the government scheme alongside seven other areas in England.

Fourteen to 17-year-olds charged for a "trigger offence", such as, burglary, car crime and theft, will be tested for heroin, crack and cocaine.

Those that test positive will be referred to specialist youth workers who will hope to address their needs.