Drug Recognition Experts

What They Do?

The Rexburg Police Department has two Drug Recognition Experts or DRE’s. They are used in cases where people are believed to be under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol. The DRE must undergo extensive, rigorous training and successfully complete all phases of the Drug Evaluation and Classification Programs to be certified and be classified as an expert. These certifications are recognized by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). There are approximately 18,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the State of Idaho. Out of those 18,000 there are only 120 DRE’s.

Three determinations of a DRE

A DRE conducts a detailed, diagnostic examination of persons arrested or suspected of drug-impaired driving or similar offenses. Based on the result, the DRE forms an expert opinion on the following:

1. Is the person impaired? If so, is the person able to operate a vehicle safely? If the DRE concludes that the person is impaired ...

2. Is the impairment due to injury, illness or other medical complication, or is it drug related? If the impairment is due to drugs ...

3. Which category or combination of categories of drugs is the most likely source of the impairment?

Community Involvement:

Our DREs will also go into the community and educate students and parents about drugs and drug abuse. If you have any questions in regards to someone you may suspect is abusing prescriptions or illicit drugs contact our department.


Drug Identification


Signs and Symptoms


Locally Abused Drugs

-Prescription drug abuse (Adderall/Ritalin, pain killers and sleep aids)
-Inhalants (Air Duster/Paint)
-Alcohol/Energy drinks
-OTC drug abuse (Robitussin/DXM)
-Illegal Drugs (Marijuana, Ecstasy, Cocaine, Mushrooms, Methamphetamine)

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