the Drug Abuser
Course Length: 1 Day (7.5 Hours)
are available on a limited basis.
Drugs affect different
persons differently. Drugs affect the same person differently
at different times and under different conditions. The drug one
takes may not be the actual substance expected. Drug effects can
be unpredictable. All drugs have a tolerant effect. Drug abuse
often mimics mental illness, and co-morbidity is frequently found.
This course discusses the various features and attributes of many
abused drugs. First, the drug is introduced with the purpose of
understanding the physical and psychological changes each creates
when ingested. Next is the analysis of the keys to handling a
person under the influence of this substance. This knowledge is
then used to suggest certain approaches and other tactics to be
used when the officer must approach, interview, assist, arrest
or seek medical treatment for a drug abuser.
Each chemical substance is presented with its expected physiological
and physiological effects, identification and street presentation,
methods of ingestion, effects of "normal" doses, and
effects of overdose. Safety is stressed in all cases, with the
officer, the user, and the public in mind. Drugs discussed include
alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, heroin, PCP, methamphetamine, MDMA,
ketamine, psilocybin, steroids, inhalants, and prescription drugs.