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New Course Announcement: Toxicology for Federal Law Enforcement (Tox/FLE)

Monday, December 7, 2015
8:00am – 4:30pm
U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Office of Health Affairs
1120 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC [Conference Room: 4th floor] 


Course Description

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.

Course Agenda

8:00am   Logistics and Introduction
8:15am   Video Exercise: What Would You Do?
8:30am   Toxidrome Recognition: Didactic and Video Review
9:00am   Toxidrome Recognition: Stimulants (“fast”)
9:15am   Toxidrome Recognition: Sedatives (“slow”)
9:35am   Video Exercise: Toxidromes
10:00am   Using National Library of Medicine tools
10:20am   BREAK
10:30am   Video Exercise
10:40am   Video Exercise (multiple scenarios): “Save A Life”
12:25pm   LUNCH
1:30pm   Didactic and Video Exercise: Response Priorities
2:45pm   Review and Take-Away
3:00pm   Course Feedback and Recommendations
4:30pm   Dismissal