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The course will educate attendees in the area of preliminary field identification of illegal and diverted legal drugs, as well as associated paraphernalia. The course should serve as a tool and aid in the identification of illicit drugs, with the goal of increasing the success of drug interdiction and apprehension of those involved in illicit sales. The course provides for definitions of basic drug terminology and the scheduling of drugs based on the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). Information will be provided on the chemical makeup of controlled substances as well as the manner in which they are produced for human consumption. This course of instruction will also describe the manner in which the controlled substances are introduced into the human body and physical reactions caused by the use of controlled dangerous substances.


Course Objectives:

Upon the completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.   Define:

  • Narcotics

  • Stimulants

  • Depressants

  • Hallucinogens

  • Sterol Substances


2.   Visually identify:

  • Cannabis Sativa – in both natural and processed states

  • Cocaine

  • Opiates

  • Hallucinogens

  • Anabolic Steroids

  • Inhalants


3.   Define the CSA schedule and the criteria for scheduling controlled dangerous substances under this act.
4.   Describe the psychological and physiological responses of the human body when under the influence of controlled substances listed under the CSA.
5.   Describe the processing method for preparing controlled substances for human ingestion.
6.   Identify the weighted amounts of controlled dangerous substances as they are packaged for distribution.


Who should attend:

Police, Probation & Parole, and Corrections Officers can benefit from this course regardless of rank and time in service. This course is also helpful for military service members and those involved, or employed, in reducing drug demand.  

Course Length:

Drug Identification is a two-day course. 


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