OD004 | Drugs, Brain, and Behavior: What Cops Need to Know About Drug Users to Stay Alive
Drugs, Brain, and Behavior: What Cops Need to Know About Drug Users to Stay Alive
Instructor: Dr. John Duncan
4 hours training credit / mental health
129 minutes total viewing time
One of the more unpredictable encounters law enforcement officers face in our society is when they deal with drug-injured or drug-intoxicated people. These encounters are at a minimum a challenge for communication, but can also turn deadly in a flash. Knowing what drugs do to the brain, especially how they enhance the probability for violence and irrational behavior, is critical for officer survival. This course will address that need, first by showing exactly how drugs affect the brain, then showing how this creates a different kind of behavior in which verbal communication is less effective and a propensity toward violence is increased. Finally, guidelines for safely approaching, interviewing, and arresting drug abusers will be covered. The instructor is a retired Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Chief Agent who has 27 years of experience in this field and is also a professor in psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.