Key points of new drug busting plans unveiled by the government on Thursday:
Police will be able to give people blood tests for drugs when they arrest them, not just when they charge them with an offence.
Dealers working near a school or using children to help sell drugs will face tougher penalties.
Those caught with more drugs than reasonable for personal use will automatically be guilty of intent to supply, rather than simple possession.
Young offenders will have to attend drug treatment as part of community service.
A scheme offering offenders treatment will extend to 32 new areas from April 2005 so that by 2008 about 1,000 offenders a week will start the programme.
Refusing to agree to an intimate body search for drugs will count against a suspect in court.
Courts will be able to detain suspects who swallow a package to hide evidence for up to an extra 192 hours "until it becomes available again".
"Yobs" using drugs could be issued with an order to have drug counselling at the same time as getting anti-social behaviour orders.
Police will be able to go into premises, such as crack houses, to get them closed down.
From early January 2005, there will be a special enforcement plan focussing on crack house closures and associated gun crime.
Programme of education for young people to be "enhanced".
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