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Course Overview: 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. The other courses in this series include Depressants, Antidepressants, and Inhalants, The Opioid Crisis in America, Hallucinogens, and Dissociative Anesthetics.

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.

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

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 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 Hours: 1 hour including the pre-test and post-test.

Arizona POST Approved Course
AZPOST Approval 22-336

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