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Drug treatment and testing orders

Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) is a sentence available to the Sheriff and High Courts in as an alternative to custody. The order may be suitable where drug misuse is a significant factor behind offending behaviour. The DTTOs are imposed by courts where someone's offending is clearly linked to their physical dependency on drugs or there is problematic drug misuse.

It is an intensive order, often involving multi agency input, with the supervising social worker acting as a case manager. The court regularly reviews the order to monitor progress. Regular drug testing is a key feature of the order. It is different from a Community Payback Order as the focus of a DTTO is to tackle problem drug use to reduce the risk of further offending and harm. Individuals who are given a DTTO are required to undergo treatment, including drug testing, and attend frequent reviews with the Sheriff. The South Lanarkshire Council DTTO service is working in partnership with Community Addiction Recovery Services, Lanarkshire NHS staff and voluntary organisations.

DTTOs are for 6 months to 3 years for individuals 16 or over who have a serious drug problem may be considered for a DTTO. We assist with all aspects of the individuals’ life helping them in moving forward on their recovery journey.  Working in conjunction with our partners the SLC DTTO service provide, a wide range of interventions including groupwork, one to one counselling, prescribing and all types of Blood Borne Virus testing by immediate referral by immediate referral.

For more information please phone 0303 123 1008 and ask to speak to a member of the Drug Treatment and Testing Orders Team.