Humankind has sought to alter themselves chemically since we started walking this earth. Some substances are pretty mild. Some, well, lets just say they are pretty wild. It is an ever-changing environment. Trying to keep up with what is what and dispelling rumors or false stories is pretty tough.
This course is designed to give you an overview of street drugs, street slang, signs/symptoms of use/abuse, consumption methods, and general insight into the things people try today. This program is great for first responders, teachers, counselors, clergy, health care providers, parents… pretty much anyone that works with people at risk for drug abuse (which is pretty much anyone!).
The program is best presented at 1.5 to 2.0 hours long. It can be reduced to as little as 30 minutes. The length of the program will decide what is covered. At 30 minutes, the focus will be strictly on current trends (designer drugs, synthetics, current epidemics). At 1 hour, we will add in alcohol abuse, over the counter abuse, herbal supplement abuse, and legal highs. At 90 minutes to 2 hours, we can also add in older (but still popular) drugs like marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin, LSD, PCP, and more details on the other topics.
For EMS providers, this course has been approved by the PA Department of Health for continuing education credits.
Course Developer & Presenter: Alex Wilson
Alex has been in EMS since 2004 and has been an adult educator since 1989. This program has been presented to many fire and EMS agencies and at several local, regional, and state EMS conferences. Alex keeps the material up to date as things change and has spent hundreds of hours on research to make sure that the material presented is accurate, timely, and engaging.
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