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Course Overview: Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Overview, an eLearning course, provides a basic understanding of the risks of parental or caregiver substance abuse and drug activity to children. The content helps law enforcement officers and other public safety practitioners develop strategies to meet the needs of drug endangered children. Additional courses provided by DEC include Prenatal Substance Exposure - Why Should I Care?, Postnatal Risks - How You Can Make a Difference, and You Can Change the Long-Term Outcomes of Drug Endangered Children.

In the United States, an estimated 9 million children are at risk because they live in homes where a parent or other adult misuses drugs or alcohol. With an understanding of using a multidisciplinary approach, law enforcement officers and human service professionals strengthen the positive impact they have on meeting the needs of drug endangered children. This course explores how community stakeholders can work together to improve the lives of drug endangered children. For more information on drug endangered children, please National DEC at

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the risks of parental or caregiver substance abuse and drug activity to children
  • Recognize the importance of early intervention
  • Identify the long-term impact on and needs of drug endangered children
  • Recognize the elements required for a multidisciplinary collaborative response to meet the needs of drug endangered children
  • Choose appropriate next steps to take after completing this module

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 Hours: 45 minutes including the pre-test and post-test.

Arizona POST Approved Course
AZPOST Approval 22-327

AZPOST does not require the standard approval form for this course; however, if you would like one, please contact AZPOST directly at