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Chalerm favours rehab for drug users

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Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung has offered to extend leniency to those whose urine turns purple during a drug test. 

The deputy prime minister told police officers in a meeting at the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MTB) head office on Wednesday that those testing positive for drugs should be rehabilitated instead of being arrested.

The new policy is in contradiction to current police practice of immediately arresting anybody failing a drug test when their urine turns purple.

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