|Random Drug Test Results in FY 2000-01|
|Valid Tests||Negative Tests||Positive Tests||Positive Rate||Positive Test Results|
|* Inmates can test positive for more than one drug.|
As part of Secretary Moore's zero tolerance drug policy, the Department's Inmate Drug Testing Unit was placed under the Office of the Inspector General in October 2000. This Unit currently oversees the inmate random drug testing program, substance abuse program drug testing and "for cause" drug testing for all correctional facilities statewide. Inmates are chosen for random and substance abuse program drug testing based upon a random computer-generated selection system. Selection of inmates for "for cause" drug testing is based upon reasonable suspicion of involvement with drugs or alcohol. Drug testing enables the Department to detect and identify inmates using illicit drugs, including abuse of prescription drugs and/or alcohol. Furthermore, the role of drug testing has been recognized as highly effective in identifying those who have substance abuse problems, getting them into treatment, and monitoring them during the treatment process.
Also, in order to combat the introduction of illicit drugs into correctional facilities, the IG's office currently conducts unannounced drug interdiction operations, by searching employees, visitors, inmates, vehicles and areas on department grounds for contraband. In FY 2000-01, the interdiction teams have confiscated over 20 gallons of alcoholic beverages, approximately 291 grams of marijuana, approximately 16 grams of cocaine, 11 firearms (from personal vehicles) and $513 in currency. Furthermore, interdiction operations have resulted in 48 arrests and discipline of approximately 29 inmates and 15 employees.
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