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Toxicology for Federal Law Enforcement Course

December 7, 2015, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

This interactive, performance-based course is intended for law enforcement officers who encounter illicit drugs and drug users in the course of their work. The rapidly changing drug scene and its spread in communities present many challenges – whether encountering a possible clandestine drug lab or responding to a call for an “unresponsive party” or noise complaint, officers need to use all their senses to assess the scene.
  • Participants will respond to simulated situations covering a spectrum of drugs and chemicals.
  • Physicians specializing in toxicology will facilitate the presentations and assist participants in hands-on response.
  • Key learning points will include recognition of groups of symptoms and physical signs (toxidromes) that can be used to characterize drug exposures as either stimulant (“fast”, “up”) or depressant/sedative (“slow”, “down”).
  • Principles of dose and route of exposure will be related to scene assessment and response.
  • Participants will be introduced to additional training tools and resources from the National Library of Medicine and elsewhere that can be used to maintain skills and keep up with the changing world of illicit drugs and hazardous substances encountered in the field.
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to recognize and respond to drug-related situations that increase the risk of aggressive behavior and those that can result in life threats to either the detainee or the federal law enforcement workforce.


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