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How do you recognize someone under the influence of a
narcotic drug?

  • Severely pin-pointed pupils that do not react to light changes
  • Flaccid muscle tone
  • Face and arm itching
  • Sedated "on the nod" condition
  • Dreamy walk and dreamy talk

For questions or to schedule a training or presentation contact
Sergeant Talbot at:  



Bruce R. Talbot Associates
222 Sunshine Drive
Bolingbrook Illinois, 60490


What are narcotic drugs like heroin?

Originally produced from the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, and now often fully synthesized from man-made chemicals, narcotics have been used and abused, for a thousand years. Known as "God's Own Medicine," opium, the original narcotic drug, was unparalleled in it's ability to quell the suffering of the sickest person. In the 1800s, opium, morphine, codeine, and laudanum were all available without a prescription and were often included in many patent medicines. "Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup for Children's Teething" for example was mostly morphine. Recreational abuse of opium came to America during the great Chinese immigration of 1850. The invention of the hypodermic syringe produced a dramatic increase in the number of Americans who became addicted to narcotics as opposed to the prior practice of smoking opium. Today, heroin, the most powerful of all the narcotic drugs, is making a dramatic upswing in use primarily among the white affluent suburban high school student. Many news accounts have recently carried stories of dozens of 16 to 18 year old students dying from a heroin overdose.   

In addition to heroin. narcotic prescription drug abuse has increased among adolescent and adults. Often starting with Vicodin abuse, abuser move up to the more powerful OxyContin and end up addicted to the most powerful narcotic ever produced: Fentanyl. 




OxyContin Heroin Substitute



How can drug recognition training help?

The casual observer often confuses a narcotic addict when high as someone who "just didn't get enough sleep" the night before. Narcotic drugs, although physically impairing, do not produce the gross physical balance impairment most people associate with intoxication based on their observations of alcohol impaired adults. The narcotic addict, when taking a maintenance level dose of the drug, will show no physical symptoms of drug abuse. The danger to business, schools, and the public at large is that heroin and other narcotic drugs are powerfully addicting and do cause safety related impairment from the unrealistic over confidence the drug produces. The drug impaired user no longer cares about a risky task and believes it can be accomplished without harm, which often leads to deadly results. It is very common for police officers to miss the symptoms of narcotic intoxication because they are often predisposed to be looking for alcohol symptoms.

Drug recognition training uses non-body invasive eye clues to alert on the possibility of drug impairment and to identify what broad class of drugs may be causing the impairment. All recreational drugs taken at abusive levels affect the user's eyes. Knowing these eye clues gives the observer important information as to the potential for drug impaired safety concerns.

Narcotic drugs like heroin produce pin-pointed pupils that are very easy to recognize once effective training has been accomplished. Video tapes showing actual stimulant drug-impaired subjects and classroom led training has been proven to be an effective control program.




Damage caused by shooting heroin