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Drug Treatment and Testing Order

If your offence is directly related to drug abuse, the Court can impose a Drug Treatment and Testing Order or DTTO.

What is a Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO)?

  • A disposable available to the Sheriff Courts in Ayr and Kilmarnock and High Courts.
  • The main aim is to reduce or eliminate illicit drug use via rapid access to closely monitored treatment.
  • It requires an offender to undergo treatment associated with drug use, including drug testing and a system of frequent review involving the sentencing Court.
  • An order can range from 6 months to 3 years in length and requires the offender’s consent.
  • It can run concurrent to, but is not part of, a statutory Community Payback Supervision Order.

Who is a Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) for?

  • Offenders aged 16+ living within North, East or South Ayrshire local authority areas who have a serious drug problem requiring treatment.
  • There should be an established link between pattern of drug use and the pattern of offending.
  • Drug misuse must be susceptible to an available treatment option and there must be clear evidence of an offender’s motivation to undergo treatment/change.
  • Offenders will normally be at a high risk of custody owing either to the seriousness of the offence or frequency/pattern of offending.
  • Offenders with diagnosed mental illness or those without a stable address would not normally be considered.


Ayrshire Criminal Justice Partnership

Drug Treatment & Testing Team
1 Glebe Street

Tel: 01294 475800

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Last updated: 15 September 2015

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