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Course Overview: Postnatal Risks – How You Can Make a Difference, an eLearning course, demonstrates how an environment of substance use and drug activity can affect drug endangered children (DEC) throughout their lives and provides action steps that stakeholders can take to respond to the needs of drug endangered children. Additional courses provided by DEC include, Drug Endangered Children Overview, Prenatal Substance Exposure - Why Should I Care?, and You Can Change the Long-Term Outcomes of Drug Endangered Children.

Postnatal exposure to an environment associated with substance use and drug activity affects drug endangered children throughout their childhood and entire life. Early intervention maximizes a drug endangered child’s potential outcomes. Through interactive modules, discover how to use promising practices and DEC Protocols to sustain ongoing change and improve DEC outcomes. For more information on drug endangered children, please National DEC at

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify postnatal risks of exposure to environments where there is substance use and drug activity
  • Recognize the importance of early identification and intervention in changing the trajectory of a child’s life and breaking the intergenerational cycle of abuse
  • Identify the essential elements required for a multidisciplinary collaborative response to meet the needs of drug endangered children
  • Apply promising practices and DEC protocols to sustain ongoing change and improve DEC outcomes
  • 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
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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