The ROI from Reducing Turnaround Time for Processing DUI: Drug Cases

The ROI from Reducing Turnaround Time for Processing DUI: Drug Cases


February 2021


From the opioid crisis to legalization of marijuana to the continuing evolution in the abuse of drugs, the societal costs from substance abuse is extensive. This includes societal costs from treatment, healthcare, lost productivity, death, and costs to the justice system. The justice system costs range from policing to the crime laboratories to jails, courts, and prisons.

The societal return on investment is presented from the allocation of additional resources towards the problem of DUI-Drug driving and the bottleneck in the justice system from too few resources devoted to emerging drug use in society, both legal and illegal.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, insurance industry, and project FORESIGHT are used to estimate the costs of delay in processing DUI-Drug cases.

This poster was originally presented at the 2021 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Conference by Dr. Paul Speaker.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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