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Last Updated: Friday, 26 May 2006, 12:01 GMT 13:01 UK
Drug unit aims to cut crime rates
A new centre for drug addicts aims to cut crime rates in Oldham and reduce the number of users who turn to crime to fund their habit.

The unit, on Chaucer Street, follows a six-month drug testing programme which aimed to make it harder for repeat offenders to avoid treatment.

A 20-strong team of workers will run the scheme together with a week-day drop-in centre for recovering users.

Since December more than 300 people in Oldham tested positive for hard drugs.

Centre manager Barbara Samson said: "I feel we are making a significant contribution to improving life for hundreds of people across Oldham."

Staff will manage the treatment of offenders who have tested positive for heroin or cocaine following an arrest by arranging mandatory drug assessments, developing treatment plans and ensuring they attend appointments.


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