Drug Identification and Recognition: Stimulants

Drug Identification and Recognition: Stimulants, an eLearning course in a series of Drug Identification modules, identifies and examines the various types of commonly used stimulants such as pharmaceutical stimulants, cocaine, methamphetamine, and natural stimulants.

Companion courses offered on the COPS Training Portal include: Depressants, Antidepressants, and Inhalants, The Opioid Crisis in America, Hallucinogens, and Dissociative Anesthetics.


Arizona POST Approved Course
AZPOST Approval 22-336
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

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. Especially true of stimulants, both psychotherapeutic drugs and illicit drugs, studies have shown that addictive substances cause the release of dopamine, resulting in feelings of pleasure.

The course demonstrates how to employ the appropriate actions and safety measures when responding to stimulant-related law enforcement requests.

Target Audience

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

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify various types of commonly abused stimulants
  • Examine effects of stimulants on the body
  • Identify signs of methamphetamine production and conversion
  • Discuss appropriate actions and safety measures to employ when responding to stimulant-related law enforcement requests

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.