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National Institute of Justice Drug Use Forecasting System (DUF)

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Date Published
January 1987
7 pages
This document explains the Drug Use Forecasting (DUF) system which the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will introduce to 10 large cities in 1987 in order to track drug trends in the offender population through a urine testing program.
Under the DUF system, voluntary urine specimens will be obtained from 200-300 arrestees in each city at 3-month intervals. These persons will also be interviewed about their drug use. A discussion of the rationale underlying DUF describes Washington, D.C.'s program for systematic identification of drug using arrestees by urinalysis and NIJ-sponsored research in New York City. An outline of procedures followed in the DUF system covers site selection, location of data collection in the central booking facility, sample selection, testing of urines, interviews, and data processing. Cost to the criminal justice system in terms of staff and funding are discussed. Using a question and answer format, the document highlights the system's goals, types of data collected, uses of DUF information, testing methods, and costs. It emphasizes that the program will dispute routine booking operations very little. 7 references.

Date Published: January 1, 1987