Training for Law Enforcement, Substance Abuse, Probation,
and Healthcare Professionals

Current Trends in Drug Abuse

This one day course addresses the latest trends in substance abuse, including the dramatic shift towards designer synthetic drugs and recreational prescription drug abuse known as “Poly-pharming.” Special emphasis will be placed on new state drug laws, drug user demographics, concealment techniques, and enforcement recommendations. Drugs to be discussed include:

  • Designer Synthetics: W-18, U-47700, AH-7921, 25i-NBOMe, XLR-11, AB-FUBINACA, 5F-PB-22, and others,
  • Narcotics: Acetyl Fentanyl, Black Tar Heroin, Cheese, Narco-Pops, OxyContin, Vicodin, Ultram, Opana, Roxi, and Zohydro
  • Stimulants: Flakka (a-PVP analogs) Molly, Ice, Cat, and cocaine
  •  Over-the-counter drugs of abuse: DXM (e.g. “Pink Snurfs”), and Diphenhydramine, and “Purple Drank”
  • Botanicals: Salvia, Kratom, and Woodrose, Yopo.
  •  New forms of cannabis such as Shatter, Wax, Honey Oil, Delta-6 THC, “Firecrackers”, and Vaping.

This class is ideal for any patrol officer, investigator, or supervisor working in school resource, DARE/GREAT, Stand Tall for Drug Free Schools, crime prevention, narcotic, or gang officers.


Designer Synthetic Drugs

Ecstasy did not disappear — it’s just morphed into Molly composed of dozes of analogs as highlighted by the United Nations report showing nearly 100 new synthetics drugs appearing each year. This multi-media presentation focuses exclusively on synthetic drugs which are replacing plant-based drugs of abuse. The pharmacology and structure will be presented so as to make a case under the Drug Analog Act as many of the newest synthetics covered in the class are not yet illegal controlled substances. This class Includes a sample designer drug complaint for search warrant, and police video of subjects under the influence of designer synthetic drugs. Samples of some of the current designer drugs of abuse drugs, paraphernalia, and exclusive video interview with a 2-Ci overdose survivor are presented in this class.


Poly-Pharming: Prescription Drug Abuse

The greatest narcotics threat to America is hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin, Lortab, or Norco) prescription drug abuse. Analysis of adolescent superscription drug abuse deaths often found the the victims have been “poly-pharming,” taking two or more prescription drugs at the same time to either increase the intoxicating effect or to reduce unwanted side effects.  The most common combination is Vicodin and Xanax (Z-bars) often combined with alcohol.  This program is designed for public heath and community professionals and other first responders who need up-to-date information on the growing national trend of prescription drug abuse. Prevention recommendation to reduce prescription drug abuse will be included along with video clips of actual abusers.


Responding to School Drug Impairment

This is the police version of our new one-day school drug impairment recognition, documentation and testing class, but edited for police officers.  Designed especially for school recourse officers, juvenile officers or any police officer responding to a school in-progress drug impairment incident. The legal issues surrounding police drug enforcement in a school setting and drug testing impaired subjects will be included with the recognition training. Special impairment documentation forms and a model school substance abuse policy and procedure are included with the bound text book.


Medical Marijuana DUI

This special presentation covers the unique problems presented when the marijuana impaired driver has a legal “prescription” to possess and use the drug. The training features the observable symptoms of under the influence of cannabis, advanced field sobriety roadside testing using new research form Australia, and new roadside breath drug testing from Europe.  Research from the Colorado cannabis legalization experience will be presented as well as new research from the American Medical Association. Video of medical marijuana patients smoking cannabis while driving and performing field sobriety testing will be covered along with in-class hands-on student practice.


Drugged Driver Recognition for Patrol Officers

This three-day State Training Board certified class gives the police patrol officer the tools necessary for recognizing the drugged driver as opposed to alcohol impaired driver. The class features a multi-media presentation, including video of real drug-impaired drivers undergoing field sobriety testing as well as a complete presentation on the pharmacology and physiology of illicit drugs. A 167-page bound text book accompanies this class.


Supervising Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement

This one-day class is for police supervisors responsible for conducting compliance testing for tobacco or alcohol laws. The multi-media presentation covers national policy and court rulings on proper sting operations. As a state certified police training course, it was chosen by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission as a state-wide training program and presented in Texas, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. A 92-page bound text book and CD with three PowerPoint programs accompanies this class.


Standardized Field Sobriety Testing

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s class for patrol officers, the class can be offered in a special one-day refresher for updates on the changes implemented in February 2000, a three-day certified class featuring video or live alcohol dosed demonstration subjects (recommended), or a five-day instructor level course is available.


Standardized Field Sobriety Refresher

This special one-day version of the above class includes a complete review of the proper procedures for conducting roadside field sobriety tests and the common tactics defense lawyers employ to challenge the police officer’s testimony at a DUI trial.  Especially helpful for police officers who were trained in SFST prior to 2000.