Drug Endangered Children (DEC): Overview

Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Overview, an eLearning course, provides a basic understanding of the risks of parental or caregiver substance abuse and drug activity to children. The content helps law enforcement officers and other public safety practitioners develop strategies to meet the needs of drug endangered children. 

Companion courses offered on the COPS Training Portal include: Prenatal Substance Exposure – Why Should I Care?, Postnatal Risks – How You Can Make a Difference, and You Can Change the Long-Term Outcomes of Drug Endangered Children.



Title slide from the course showing the National DEC logo of five large hands reaching for one small hand.

Arizona POST Approved Course
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AZPOST does not require the standard approval form for this course; however, if you would like one, please contact AZPOST directly at [email protected].

Course Overview

In the United States, an estimated 9 million children are at risk because they live in homes where a parent or other adult misuses drugs or alcohol. With an understanding of using a multidisciplinary approach, law enforcement officers and human service professionals strengthen the positive impact they have on meeting the needs of drug endangered children. This course explores how community stakeholders can work together to improve the lives of drug endangered children. For more information on drug endangered children, please National DEC at https://nationaldec.org.

Target Audience

Law enforcement, first responders, and child welfare, medical, legal, and education professionals.

Cooperative Partners

This tuition-free online training was developed by National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2017-CK-WXK-008 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the risks of parental or caregiver substance abuse and drug activity to children
  • Recognize the importance of early intervention
  • Identify the long-term impact on and needs of drug endangered children
  • Recognize the elements required for a multidisciplinary collaborative response to meet the needs of drug endangered children
  • Choose appropriate next steps to take after completing this module

CheckDEC App Information

Check out the free CheckDEC app designed for iOS (Apple) and Android mobile devices in both English & Spanish. The CheckDEC app along with companion website www.checkdec.org is designed to provide help, hope and support for victims, survivors, professionals, and community members. Download CheckDEC by visiting the app stores or the CheckDEC website.

National DEC also provides both virtual and in-person opportunities to build capacity, increase knowledge and awareness, implement promising practices, develop skills, etc.…all to help professionals change the trajectory of children’s lives. For more information about National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children training and technical support contact [email protected].

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC)

The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) exists to help make a difference in the lives of children who are living in dangerous drug environments.