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Drug Identification and Recognition: Hallucinogens

Drug Identification and Recognition: Hallucinogens 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 Dissociative Anesthetics.  This course discusses various types of commonly abused hallucinogens and current trends relating to these substances.

COURSE RUN TIME: 1 HOUR

About This Course

In 2018, 5.2 million Americans age 12 or older acknowledged misusing hallucinogens the previous year. [1]. While the number of total Americans misusing hallucinogens since that time has remained relatively flat, the increased use by high-school aged students and young adults, as well as the emergence of designer drugs are disturbing new trends. This training is designed to help law enforcement officers and other criminal justice professionals employ the appropriate actions and safety measures when responding to illicit drug-related events. Training will discuss various type of commonly abused hallucinogens, current trends related to these substances, common effects of hallucinogens on the body, and how a user’s current emotional state influences the hallucinogen’s effects.

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

  • Identify commonly abused hallucinogens
  • Summarize current trends related to hallucinogens
  • Describe common effects of hallucinogens on the body
  • Explain how a user’s current emotional state can influence the hallucinogen’s effects

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.

[1] “National Survey on Drug Use and Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse.” Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 2021. 13

SAMSHA – Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

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.