Drug Identification and Recognition: Dissociative Anesthetics

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


Title slide from the course showing the word ketamine written on a chalkboard.

Arizona POST Approved Course
AZPOST Approval 22-349
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

Dissociative anesthetics are a class of drugs that can make users feel detached from reality and their environment and distort how they see the world. These drugs can change the user’s perceptions of sight, sound, taste, smell and feeling. They inhibit pain by cutting off the brain’s perception of pain.

While exploring the chemical composition and physical properties of PCP as well as the dangers involved in the handling and manufacturing of the drug, the course also addresses the following on PCP and ketamine: methods of ingestion, associated paraphernalia, and common street names. Additionally, the content examines the physiological impacts, signs, and symptoms of overdose for both drugs.

Cooperative Partners

This tuition-free online training was developed by the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2017-CK-WXK-007 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Target Audience

Law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, service providers, corrections professionals, court system personnel, social workers, behavioral health/treatment providers, and other community stakeholders.

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.