Current Trends in Drug Abuse
Number: 544
MemberFee: No Fee for MTU 8 Members
Contact: 309-268-8430 or mtu8training@heartland.edu

This 1-day course will focus on the latest trends in substance abuse customized for the MTU-8 training region. The seminar will update officers on recent law changes including amendments to marijuana laws and designer synthetic drug laws. Proposed drug law changes currently pending in the legislature will also be discussed. Changes in drug user demographics and regional differences in substance preference will be presented. Officer safety awareness surrounding accidental contamination while handling fentanyl analogs will be discussed along with the use of Narcan for narcotic overdose response. The top emerging drugs of abuse will be featured including the 2018 “bleeding out” hemorrhage deaths in the Peoria/Chicago area from synthetic “Spice” packets. Legal changes to prescription narcotic drugs will be highlighted.

This training will benefit detectives, patrol officers, school resource officers, narcotics investigators, and probation officers. Each student will receive an 80-page resource manual.

Topics include:
• Recognition, Pharmacology and Legal Update
• Safe handling of suspected synthetic fentanyl analogs
• Video clips of drug induced excited delirium produced by designer synthetic drugs
• Illinois Medical Marijuana update
• Prescription drug abuse in Illinois update
• Current drug seizure and addiction treatment data by Illinois counties
• New drug packaging/concealment found in Illinois
• Legal Update: Vape Pens, E-cigarettes, and innovative police control measures

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