A sniffer dog is being sent into the region's hospitals to help prevent patients, staff and visitors from bringing illegal drugs inside.
The NHS Trust that runs six of the North East's psychiatric hospitals says it does not have a big problem with drugs but they are getting inside wards.
The Trust believes Coco the dog will act as a deterrent.
You can watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.
A police-trained sniffer dog is being sent into some of the region's hospitals to try to prevent illegal drugs being brought in.
Coco will be used in six psychiatric hospitals across the North East to prevent dealers preying on vulnerable people.
Gary O'Hare, Security Director at St Nicholas Hospital in Newcastle, told ITV News about the new initiative.
Coco the cocker spaniel has been brought into hospital wards to sniff for drugs and illegal substances.
See her in action, and from her perspective, below:
The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust has enlisted a sniffer dog to go round its hospitals to prevent patients, staff and visitors bringing drugs on to the wards.
'Coco' the cocker spaniel will search the buildings and grounds of the trust.