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Drug rehabilitation requirement (DRR's)

If you have been to court and you are eligible, the judge may offer you a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement, this is like the DTTO, Drug testing and treatment order. You decide if you want to accept a DRR or not. Some people find that having access to the additional supervision and supports really helps in their drug treatment.

What is a DRR?

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 introduced a new Community based Court Sentence, designed to assist drug users who were appearing before the court for offences which had resulted from their use of class A Drugs. This sentence was a Community Order, which included a Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR).

This new Order is designed to replace the Drug Treatment and Testing Order.  The advantage of the Community Order with a DRR is that it can now be tailored more flexibly to meet individual’s needs, whilst at the same time taking into account the seriousness of the offence before the court.  For instance an individual with a limited criminal history and has drug treatment needs can now be made subject to a standalone DRR.

Such an order is at the lower end of treatment and sentencing needs and would normally be a maximum of 6 months duration.  It would involve 1 drug test per week, as well as a weekly appointment as directed by the individuals offender manager.

For individuals however, with more complex drug treatment needs and ‘heavier offending’ history linked to their drug addiction problems, the court may decide to sentence them by way of a Community Order or Suspended Sentence Order with a number of requirements including a DRR.

Such a sentence is likely to have 2 or 3 requirements.  A typical example would be a Community Order with the following:

  • A supervision requirement
  • Drug Rehabilitation Requirement
  • An ASRO requirement (Addressing Substance Related Offending Group work Programme).

The DRR component of such an order will involve a treatment package that will include the following:

  • Treatment by way of substitute prescription (if required)
  • 2 mandatory drug tests per week
  • An involvement in a structured day care programme of between 8-15 hours per week
  • It might also include residential rehab

Such a sentence can vary in length between 6 to 36 months in duration, depending upon the seriousness of the offences before the court.

For more heavily convicted individuals, the court may also add additional requirements to further ‘toughen’ up the sentence.  These additional requirements could include a Curfew Requirement, an Activity Requirement and in exceptional circumstances an Unpaid Work Requirement.

For a Community Order with a DRR over 12 months in length, individuals will also be subject to monthly court reviews, which they have to attend.  These court reviews will monitor individual’s progress.

Individuals must always give their written consent to being made the subject of a DRR because of the health treatment side of their order.  Once made the subject of such a sentence, individuals must attend all offered appointment on their weekly appointment card, as failure to attend 2 appointments without a reasonable explanation will inevitably result in breach proceedings.


Roweena Russell, E: , T: 079 57 57 6305
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