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.  Covering plant based drugs, emerging designer synthetic drugs, prescription drug abuse, counterfeit drugs, and over-the-counter drug abuse that are trending in popularity. 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: New Opioids;  “Meto & Buto”, AP-238, “K2/Spice” types; 4F-MDMB-BICA, Tranquillizers; Etizolam, Adinazolam, BDO
  • Narcotics: Acetyl Fentanyl, Black Tar Heroin, Cheese, Narco-Pops, OxyContin, Vicodin, Ultram, Opana, Roxi, and Zohydro
  • Stimulants: “Flakka” 4F-alpha-PVP, alpha-PCYP
  • Prescription trends: legal changes to hydrocodone, counterfeit prescription pills identification, Xanax trends
  • Over-the-counter drugs of abuse: DXM (e.g. “Pink Snurfs”), and Diphenhydramine
  • Botanicals: Salvia, Kratom, and Woodrose, Yopo
  •  New forms of cannabis such as Dabs, Shatter, Wax, Honey Oil, Delta-6 THC, “Firecrackers”, and CBD.
  • Unusual substances: 2M2B alcohol

This class is ideal for any patrol officer, investigator, school resource officer, crime prevention, narcotic, gang officers, probation officers and substance abuse professionals or school counselors.

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 new 2016 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.

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. A modified version of this class for school staff is titled “What Drug Is My Student Using?” and has been presented nationwide. A special segment on student vape controls has been added.

Medical Cannabis Update

This special presentation covers the unique problems presented when the cannabis impaired individual 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 devices. A legal update on current court case law on employer drug testing will be included. 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.

Tavern Inspection and Liquor Enforcement

This new class combines the state required training to conduct age compliance testing (“Sting Operations”) for tobacco, alcohol, cannabis sales to minors with a new training on inspecting taverns for violations of the state and local liquor laws and regulations. The class will cover recent changes to the Illinois “Happy Hour” law and the new statewide BASSET licensing law. Special licensing required for unusual liquor sales and promotions will also be reviewed.  The multi-media presentation covers national policy and court rulings on proper sting operations, as well as how to recognize contaminated liquor, mod in the beer lines, and counterfeit liquor. A special segment has recently been added on inspecting and age compliance testing of legal gaming establishments.

Drugged Driver Recognition for Patrol Officers

This three-day class gives the police patrol officer the tools necessary for recognizing the drugged driver as opposed to alcohol impaired driver. This class is designed for street patrol officers to use at roadside to establish probable cause to arrest and request a drug test. It is designed to comply with the Illinois case People v Workman (and others) that hold the arresting officer must be qualified by the trial judge as an expert witness in DUI-drug arrests.  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.

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.