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Drug Identification – Stimulants

Drug Identification – Stimulants is an interactive course in a series of Drug Identification training modules. The other courses in this series are Depressants, Antidepressants, and Inhalants and The Opioid Crisis in AmericaThis course explores and identifies the various types of commonly used stimulants such as pharmaceutical stimulants, cocaine, methamphetamine, and natural stimulants. Participants will learn how to employ the appropriate actions and safety measures when responding to stimulant-related law enforcement requests.

COURSE RUN TIME: 1 HOUR

About This Course

As reported by the US Surgeon General in 2015, 1.7 million Americans aged 12 or older reported using methamphetamine in the past year, 5.3 million Americans reported misusing prescription stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin, and 36 million Americans reported using Cocaine/Crack.[1] Studies have shown that addictive substances cause the release of dopamine, resulting in feelings of pleasure. This is especially true of stimulants, both psychotherapeutic drugs and illicit drugs. “These “rewarding effects” positively reinforce their use and increase the likelihood of repeated use” and ultimately addiction. [2] This course will identify various types of commonly abused stimulants; examine effects of stimulants on the body; review signs of methamphetamine production and conversion; and discuss appropriate actions and safety measures to employ when responding to stimulant-related law enforcement requests.

[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. 2-9. 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.