Midwest counterdrug training center
40 hours

This course is designed to enhance the ability and skills of all attendees to identify, detect, apprehend and successfully articulate the drug impaired person. This includes the DWI or the drugged driver; the calls for service where persons are involved in disturbances; juveniles using drugs on school grounds or domestic violence; the confidential informant being utilized in a narcotic investigation and all other enforcement needs where the person or persons are under the influence of a drug. The concept and strategy in this program of instruction uses the structured, in depth coverage of the 8 drug categories, to include the Drug Abuse Recognition system and other advanced techniques as a means of legally apprehending the drug manufacturer, distributor and user.

The Patrol Officers Response to Street Drugs is a 5 day course that is broken down in the following instruction blocks: drug abuse recognition system using pupil meter cards and pupil lights, drug physiology and pharmacology, drug identification and methods of use, recognition of drug signs and symptoms, drug paraphernalia, dangers of confronting subjects under the influence, legal issues and coverage of all areas of warrantless searches, clandestine lab recognition and drug distribution techniques.


Recognize the physical signs and symptoms that an individual would display under the following drug categories: Stimulants, Hallucinogens, Opiates, Cannabis/THC, Alcohol, Depressants, Inhalants, and Dissociative Anesthetics

Recognize the legal justification for detention and arrest for violations of drug influence laws which can be established by a systematic method of direct observations, general questioning, and physical testing.

Demonstrate the following tests in a simulated exercise depicting a person under the influence of a drug; pulse rate, horizontal gaze nystagmus, vertical gaze nystagmus, lack of convergence, pupillary comparison, pupillary reaction to light, and the Romberg stand. In addition, demonstrate the use of a pupil-o-meter, pupil light and a pulse oximeter while conducting the above test.

Demonstrate the ability to complete an arrest report.

Recognize the key points that a prosecutor desires an officer to have knowledge of when testifying in court.

To become familiar with the latest “trends” in drug enforcement.

Course Prerequisites

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