International Drug Evaluation & Classification Program


International Drug Evaluation & Classification Program
515 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.836.6767
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) originated the program in the early 1970's. Back then LAPD officers noticed that many of the individuals arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) had very low or zero alcohol concentrations. The officers reasonably suspected that the arrestees were under the influence of drugs, but lacked the knowledge and skills to support their suspicions. In response, two LAPD sergeants collaborated with various medical doctors, research psychologists and other medical professionals to develop a simple, standardized procedure for recognizing drug influence and impairment. Their efforts culminated in the development of a multi-step protocol and the first DRE program. The LAPD formally recognized the program in 1979.

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