are available on a limited basis.
Course Length: 1 Day (7.5 Hours)
is designed for a wide range of participants including law enforcement,
probation and parole officers, DUI coordinators, alcohol treatment
professionals, other drug and alcohol professionals, nurses, driver
training professionals, and others. The most frequently abused
drug is ethanol, but abusers may enlarge their opportunities for
chemical escape by consuming other alcohols such as isopropanol
or methanol. This workshop discusses the basic pharmacology and
toxicology of the most common alcohols, concentrating on the effects
of beverage alcohol. Beginning with the chemical composition of
the alcohol family, and assessing its properties, participants
will learn to appreciate the process and results of ethanol production,
and how the various contents of an alcoholic beverage produce
the physical and psychological effects seen in the evaluation,
treatment, and interaction with persons under the influence.
as “intoxication”, “drunkenness”, “under
the influence”, and “forensic testing” are discussed.
Discussion covers the immediate and progressive effects of alcohol
on the body and mind as blood alcohol concentration increases.
Other topics include alcoholic tolerance, physical dependence,
alcoholism issues and treatment alternatives, and myths relating
to alcohol ingestion. This workshop discusses alcohol from the
standpoint of chemically induced behavior and personality changes
in criminal suspects and drug/alcohol clients, as well as various
methods of interaction with them.
In the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania there are now only two court-acceptable methods
to test a suspect for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol.
The first is a sample of blood as taken by a trained professional
under specified conditions. The second method is a sample of breath
as taken by a trained professional under specified conditions.
The processes of absorption, distribution and elimination of alcohol
explain some of the behavioral observations criminal justice and
counseling personnel see on a daily basis. Topics include metabolism,
excretion and evaporation of ethanol from the human body and how
these processes affect chemical tests of breath and blood.
will also serve to introduce the participant to the forensic testing
of breath for alcohol (EBT) and the use of preliminary breath
test devices (PBT). The training of breath test operators is dictated
by regulations, as is the actual testing procedure. This workshop
is for the law enforcement officer who is not certified as a breath
test instrument operator, the health care professional, the CRN
evaluator, the treatment specialist, and others who wish to understand
more about forensic alcohol testing. By better understanding the
effects of alcohol abuse, the various methods of alcohol testing
and the myths associated with the drug known as alcohol, participants
gain an appreciation for the complex nature of alcohol’s
effects and learn how to better deal with their part of the interaction
with the suspect/client.
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