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Drug Identification and Recognition: Dissociative Anesthetics

Drug Identification and Recognition: Dissociative Anesthetics is an interactive course in a series of Drug Identification Training modules. The other courses in this series are The Opioid Crisis in America; Stimulants, Depressants, Antidepressants and Inhalants and Hallucinogens.  This course discusses two of the most popular dissociative anesthetics: phencyclidine (also known as PCP) and ketamine.

COURSE RUN TIME: 30 MINUTES

About This Course

Dissociative anesthetics are a class of drugs that can make users feel detached from reality and their environment and also distort how they see the world. These drugs can change the user’s perceptions of sight, sounds, tastes, smells and feeling. They inhibit pain by cutting off the brain’s perception of pain. This training covers two of the most popular dissociative anesthetics: PCP and ketamine.  Training will review the chemical composition and physical properties of PCP as well as the dangers involved in the handling and manufacturing of the drug. Training will also discuss the following on PCP and ketamine: methods of ingestion, associated paraphernalia, common street names. Physiological impacts, signs and symptoms of overdose will also be examined for both drugs.

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the methods of ingestion, associated paraphernalia, and common street names related to these substances
  • Discuss the physiological impacts 
  • List the signs and symptoms of overdose
  • Discuss current trends relating to these substances
  • Discuss the dangers involved in handling and manufacturing PCP
  • Identify the legitimate medical uses and the legal brand names of Ketamine

Participants should expect to spend approximately 30 minutes 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.