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Handling the Drug Abuser

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

The course discusses the various features and attributes of many abused drugs with the purpose of understanding the physical and psychological changes each creates when ingested. 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 street name, physiological and physiological effects, identification and packaging, methods of ingestion, prices, effects of "normal" doses, and effects of overdose. Drug discussed range from heroin to rave drugs, from cocaine to GHB, and from marijuana to steroids.

Topics includes:

a. Reasons Youth State They Use Alcohol and Other Drugs
b. Signs of Drug Abuse
c. Medical Emergencies Involving Drugs
d. Officer Safety Issues
e. Tactical Considerations

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