Drug Endangered Children: You Can Change the Long-Term Outcomes of Drug Endangered Children

You Can Change the Long-Term Outcomes of Drug Endangered Children, an eLearning course, demonstrates how exposure to drug activity and substance use has long-term impacts on drug endangered children (DEC) and includes action steps to support these children. 

Companion courses offered on the COPS Training Portal include: Drug Endangered Children Overview, Prenatal Substance Exposure – Why Should I Care?, and Postnatal Risks – How You Can Make a Difference.



Title slide from the course showing the National DEC logo of five large hands reaching for one small hand.

Arizona POST Approved Course
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AZPOST does not require the standard approval form for this course; however, if you would like one, please contact AZPOST directly at [email protected].

About This Course

This course outlines how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) such as growing up in households where substance use and drug activity are present impacts children long-term including cognitive deficits, emotional risks, high-risk behavior, and health problems. Early intervention and building resilience are important factors that can change the trajectory of a child’s life and help break the multigenerational cycle of substance abuse. For more information on drug endangered children, please contact National DEC at https://nationaldec.org.

Target Audience

Law enforcement, first responders, and child welfare, medical, legal, and education professionals.

Cooperative Partners

This tuition-free online training was developed by National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) and was originally supported by cooperative agreement 2017-CK-WXK-008 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the long-term impact and needs of drug endangered children throughout childhood and into adulthood
  • Examine how early identification and intervention can change the trajectory of a child’s life and break the long-term cycle of multigenerational substance abuse
  • Determine the best approach to a particular situation to reduce trauma for drug endangered children
  • Recognize the essential elements required for a successful multidisciplinary collaborative response to meet the needs of drug endangered children
  • Choose appropriate next steps to take after completing this module

CheckDEC App Information

Check out the free CheckDEC app designed for iOS (Apple) and Android mobile devices in both English & Spanish. The CheckDEC app along with companion website www.checkdec.org is designed to provide help, hope and support for victims, survivors, professionals, and community members. Download CheckDEC by visiting the app stores or the CheckDEC website.

National DEC also provides both virtual and in-person opportunities to build capacity, increase knowledge and awareness, implement promising practices, develop skills, etc.…all to help professionals change the trajectory of children’s lives. For more information about National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children training and technical support contact [email protected].

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC)

The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (National DEC) exists to help make a difference in the lives of children who are living in dangerous drug environments.