Course Descriptions

The WRCTC delivers relevant, operational-level training to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations in support of national priorities, and serves as a force multiplier in the global narcotics threat and transnational organized crime reduction efforts.

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Opioid Threat in the Community

Opioid Threat in the Community

The sudden rise of heroin and prescription opioid deaths, both nationally and throughout the Commonwealth, has presented a unique challenge to local communities. Opioid Threat in the Community, designed for educators, community organizers, and healthcare personnel, focuses on national, statewide and local trends relating to heroin, prescription opioids, and other opioid compounds. Opioid Threat in the Community outlines the current opioid epidemic that our nation is currently facing, generating an advanced understanding of how opioids work, how this epidemic has exploded, and what can be done to combat this growing threat.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the history of opioid usage and how it relates to today’s issues.
  • Assesses the currently identified trends in the manufacturing, distribution, and overdose death data on a national and statewide level.
  • Understand the pharmacology of prescription opioid medication, heroin, and other synthetic opioid compounds.
  • Analyze both the physical and psychological effects of heroin and its direct relation to actions within the school and community.
  • Understand the importance, availability and usage of Naloxone to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
  • Summarize and evaluate the latest heroin treatment and prevention programs as well as be able to identify current available resources in the treatment filed.
  • Complete an analysis of local adolescent data to identify potential areas of improvement and brainstorm strategies to correct these areas.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 1 day/6 hours.

Who May Attend: Educators, Counselors, School Staff Members, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Military, Health Care Professionals and Community Based Organizations

Certifications: Act 48 credits for educators (6 hours).