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Handling the Drug Abuser

Course Number: CR-512
Course Length: 1 Day (7.5 Hours)

Drugs affect different persons differently. Drugs affect the same person differently at different times and under different conditions. The drug one takes may not be the actual substance expected. Drug effects can be unpredictable. All drugs have a tolerant effect. Drug abuse often mimics mental illness, and co-morbidity is frequently found.

This course discusses the various features and attributes of many abused drugs. First, the drug is introduced with the purpose of understanding the physical and psychological changes each creates when ingested. Next is the analysis of the keys to handling a person under the influence of this substance. This knowledge is then used to suggest certain approaches and other tactics to be used when the officer must approach, interview, assist, arrest or seek medical treatment for a drug abuser.

Each chemical substance is presented with its expected physiological and physiological effects, identification and street presentation, methods of ingestion, effects of "normal" doses, and effects of overdose. Safety is stressed in all cases, with the officer, the user, and the public in mind. Drugs discussed include alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, heroin, PCP, methamphetamine, MDMA, ketamine, psilocybin, steroids, inhalants, and prescription drugs.


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