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Charlottetown Police Services Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program

March 21, 2013

A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) is an officer who has been specially trained to conduct an examination on a person to determine if the person is impaired and, if so, whether the impairment is caused by drug use or by a medical condition. This examination is conducted in a controlled environment utilizing a Standardized and Systematic 12 Step Process. Drug Categories checked for consist of Central Nervous System Depressants, Inhalants, Dissociative Anesthetics, Cannabis, Central Nervous System Stimulants, Hallucinogens and Narcotic Analgesics. Once the examination is completed the DRE is able to determine which drug category or categories the person has used. Currently the Charlottetown Police Services have two officers DRE trained. Charlottetown Police officers receive this special drug recognition training in Jacksonville, Florida, USA.

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