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Drug Identification – Depressants, Antidepressants, and Inhalants

Drug Identification: Depressants, Antidepressants and Inhalants is an interactive course in a series of Drug Identification training modules. The other courses in this series are Stimulants and The Opioid Crisis in AmericaThis course discusses the current trends, side effects, and physiological conditions of commonly abused depressants, inhalants, sedatives, and anti-depressants. Key topics include: muscle relaxers, GHB, solvents, interactions with alcohol, and the growing use among younger populations.

COURSE RUN TIME: 1 HOUR

About This Course

As reported by the US Surgeon General in 2015, 1.5 million Americans aged 12 or older reported misusing sedatives in the past year. Furthermore, 6.1 million individuals reported misusing tranquilizers such as Xanax® in the past year[1] This is especially concerning as many of these individuals will mix sedatives and/or tranquilizers with alcohol, a depressant in its own right. This risky behavior increases the potential for overdose which can occur when critical areas in the brain that control breathing, heart rate, and body temperature stop functioning.[2] This course will identify the various types of commonly abused depressants, sedatives, anti-depressants and inhalants; discuss current trends relating to these substances; examine side effects and symptoms of abuse of these substances; discuss the synergistic effects of depressants mixed with alcohol; and review common and household items used for inhalant properties.  

[1] “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2016. 1-9. https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/sites/default/files/surgeon-generals-report.pdf.

[2] “Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2016. 1-14. https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/sites/default/files/surgeon-generals-report.pdf.

Participants should expect to spend approximately 1 hour reviewing the content and resources in this course.

This tuition-free online training was developed by the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2017-CK-WX-K007 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Primary Audience

This course is ideal for all law enforcement, criminal justice professionals and service providers as well as community-policing stakeholders, including corrections professionals, court system personnel, social workers, and behavioral health/treatment providers.

National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC)

The National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC) is dedicated to equipping criminal justice professionals and service providers with the right training and tools to affect lasting and meaningful change in the communities they serve. As a leading national criminal justice training organization, we deliver quality innovative training, expert instruction, and technical assistance solutions for combating prevailing public safety and community challenges.