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New in Drugs

Course Number: CR-533
Course Length: 1 Day (7.5 Hours)

Law enforcement officers, treatment specialists, and many other professionals encounter drugs frequently during routine enforcement, assessment and treatment activities. These drugs include legal and illegal prescription medications, contraband substances, misused over-the-counter preparations, and other compounds used for both medical and non-medical purposes. Few challenges to law enforcement, probation and parole officers, educators, alcohol/drug treatment professionals, and counseling professionals are as difficult as attempting to keep up with the innovations of the drug user and seller. It is difficult at best to stay informed about the changing trends, substances, abuses, tools, and other elements associated with the modern drug culture. Due to the popularity of the Internet and social media, the discovery of a “new high” or a new method of drug use is disseminated throughout the world almost instantaneously. Those in the drug enforcement, education, and treatment communities need to be aware of and knowledgeable about drug innovations worldwide.

This workshop, completely revised each year, focuses on the new and the different as encountered throughout the world, the nation, and particularly the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Topics include new methods of alcohol and prescription drug abuse; recent abuse of common substances such as caffeine, nicotine, catnip, bath salts, synthetic marijuana, and supplements; new forms and uses of the old “hard” drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, cannabis, and psychedelics; new synthetic opioids; the increased demand for and use of “club drugs” such as MDMA, molly and PCP; driving impairment relating to a wide variety of substances; drug hides; I-dosing; and detection of drug use. Particular emphasis is given to Pennsylvania’s “medical” cannabis law and its implementation; law enforcement response to overdose emergencies; new drug overdose survivor treatment efforts; issues with DUI-drugs detection and incidents; and the increasing appearance of not-yet scheduled dangerous substances. Discussion will focus on legal and illegal drugs used and abused, recognition of various illegal substances, changes in the paraphernalia used with various drugs, and safety issues. This is not a drug enforcement class, but rather it is a drug recognition and familiarization session, with hundreds of visuals and videos.

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