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.
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Flying Scotsman travelled alongside three modern trains to celebrate the "past, present and future" of Britain's railway this morning.
Rain develops overnight into Monday before colder and stronger air digs in from the north - bringing the risk of snow, frost and ice