Sessions

Opioid Overkill

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Session Info

For our opening plenary session, we are honored to welcome General Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), who will update us on the opioid crisis in our nation, its tragic impact, and how communities across the country are grappling with the epidemic. The former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is a renowned speaker on topics that include drug trends, veterans care and global affairs. Gen. McCaffrey is the most highly decorated serving General, having been awarded three Purple Heart Medals, two Distinguished Service Crosses, and two Silver Stars for Valor. He is currently president of McCaffrey Associates, a terrorism analyst for NBC News, and a member of the Board of Directors of Averhealth.

Hot Topics in the Efforts to Legalize Marijuana

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Session Info

Today’s marijuana is much more potent than in the past — with pot edibles, candies, cookies, ice creams, and waxes being up to 99% THC. In comparison, marijuana in the Woodstock era contained 5% THC. Dr. Kevin Sabet and Luke Niforatos will take participants through the latest facts and figures on what is really happening in legalized states and the overall goal of the legalization movement.

Objectives:

  • Examine the impact of marijuana on communities — ranging from drugged driving and youth marijuana use to law enforcement concerns and public health costs.
  • Discuss the facts the media have ignored as the United States rushes to legalize marijuana.
  • Explore the complex concerns surrounding social justice issues.

HIGH IN PLAIN SIGHT: Current Alcohol, Drug, Stash, Over-The-Counter, and Concealment Trends and Identifiers

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Session Info

This workshop goes in-depth on the most current alcohol and drug trends. The Tall Cop will discuss vaping, Delta 8, Delta 10, synthetic forms of THC, over-the-counter drugs, opioids, drug concealment methods and containers, paraphernalia, drug related music, logos, inhalants, and popular party drugs. This session also covers common stash compartments that can be used to hide weapons inside everyday clothing containers and other items, in addition to the impact on traffic safety.  

This session is unique, in that it provides over 70 visual aids for attendees to hold and become familiar with. In today's culture, everything is person-specific and has different meanings to different individuals. Meanwhile, certain items have gained popularity in the alcohol and drug scene - which changes every day.

This session will be uniquely created to the conference, so that it includes the most current information. For each attendee to help prevent youth and adult substance abuse, they MUST know what is going on in their community.

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Evolving Vape Trends, Delta 8, Delta 10, Cannabis and More

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Session Info

Evolving Vape Trends, Delta 8, Delta 10, Cannabis and More

Description and Objectives

Vape pens are sweeping the country, but what is actually inside those vape pens? There are vapes that work for nicotine, flavored oils without nicotine, marijuana and even synthetics. Marijuana concentrates (including Delta 8 and 10) and vape pens are the perfect marriage. Concentrates come in oil, wax or crystal form, and the current version of vape pens can work for all three.  The baseline when dealing with vape pens is there are NO ABSOLUTES. Electric devices vaporize a liquid form of nicotine.  Many forms of nicotine are found in vape shops, convenience stores, gas stations, grocery outlets, and even alcohol outlets depending on the state.  Many of the pens you see that are being used for nicotine look similar to some of the pens in the drug world and vice/versa.

Over the last few years, vaping a variety of substances,  has become SUPER popular.  Vapes can be colorful, small and very discrete, with the latter being a large selling point to these various pens.

Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify a vaping device
  2. Describe how vaping devices are used for drugs
  3. Identify safety hazards associated with vaping devices
  4. Understand the discretion associated with vaping devices
  5. Understand why users prefer vaping devices

Speakers

Fentanyl – An Undercover Killer

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Session Info

If you follow your local news, odds are you'll find another story about a fatal overdose death. What you'll learn in this workshop is that these types of stories have a more sinister villain. Drug users will consume substances thinking it's the normal dosage or substance, but what they later find out is that the substance contained Fentanyl. Unfortunately, not everyone lives to find out that they've consumed this deadly substance. The content of the workshop will focus on the emerging trends with fentanyl, new forms of fentanyl, why it is in such high demand, what drugs are commonly found with fentanyl, and how it has impacted the opioid epidemic.

Addressing Root Causes through the Assessment Center Framework

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Session Info

Assessment Centers around the country partner with law enforcement, courts, schools, and other community stakeholders to serve as a single point of access that identifies root causes of symptoms (I.e. substance use) and gets youth and families connected to supports within a community.  Assessment Centers are developed to address the needs of a community through a process that (1) Leverages and maximizes the use of existing organizations, (2) Places additional resources where needed to address gaps and needs for both the target populations and participating organizations, (3)Streamlines communication and collaboration pathways to reduce duplication and miscommunication, and (4) Improves access to services for youth and families.  Attendees will learn about the Assessment Center Framework being used by over 90 communities across the country to prevent and divert youth from justice system involvement by addressing underlying issues contributing to the behavior.  

Objectives:

1.  Describe the theory and core components behind the Assessment Center Framework.
2.  Define the essentials of screening and assessment.
3.  Conceptualize how Assessments partner with various stakeholders (law enforcement, schools, child welfare, etc.).
4.  Learn about the various assessment centers operating around the country.
5.  Plan for starting conversations in your community around exploring the feasibility of an assessment center 

The Pain Game: Looking for the Quick Fix

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Session Info

Physical and psychological discomfort, anxiety, distress and pain (distress/pain) have a large number of overlaps in our brain and throughout our body, but especially in the area of our distress/pain-relieving "bio-chemistry".  "Bio-chemistry" refers to the chemicals that we make inside our own bodies.  Most addiction is associated with relief-seeking behaviors.  People have used alcohol and marijuana for centuries to self-medicate, risking addiction.  But one can become “addicted” or “dependent” on our own bio-chemicals as well as those drugs/medications that mimic them. The first hour of this session examines how our distress/pain relieving bio-chemicals work in our body; the second focuses on ways to trigger the release of our distress/pain-relieving bio-chemicals, thereby mitigating (reducing the impact of) our discomfort, anxiety, distress, and pain.  This content is pertinent to prevention, intervention, and treatment.   

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Name the 6 major bio-chemicals that are designed to help us manage physical and psychological discomfort, anxiety, distress, and pain (distress/pain)
  2. Name two of examples of distress/pain relieving "drugs" and our matching bio-chemicals that they mimic 
  3. Name at least one example of a disease/disorder attributable to misuse of our distress/pain-relieving bio-chemicals  
  4. Name at least two examples of healthy distress/pain-management techniques that stimulate our distress/pain-relieving bio-chemistry
  5. Name at least one distress/pain-management technique they will employ and teach

High Risk Drug Interdiction & Traffic Stops

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Session Info

Attendees will receive extensive power-packed instruction in the latest and safest approaches to motor-vehicle traffic stops designed to apprehend organized gang members, wanted fugitives and major drug-traffickers.  Through the eyes of real in-car camera footage, specialized instruction will be received in high-risk traffic stops and roadside interview techniques designed to detect deceptive behavior.

Instruction on proper canine deployment will be provided to attendees with special emphasis on identifying concealment methods being utilized by gang members and drug-traffickers, while learning the best practices for breaching these hides.

As traffic stops increase, so does the probability that an officer will interdict large shipments of drugs as they are being moved from one location to another. During these interdiction stops, officers are often confronted with potentially dangerous and/or deadly situations while being challenged more today than ever before.  Defiance is the new norm. 

Surviving the complete traffic stop workshop consists of eight modules.  The modules will be presented together, but not necessarily in the following order:

  • Introduction
  • Indicators and Detection Methods
  • Legal Considerations
  • Roadside Interview Techniques
  • Professionalism at the Traffic Stop
  • Passenger Vehicle Concealment Locations
  • Review of Officer Safety Issues
  • Conclusion

Old Drugs, New Threats: How Alcohol Has Changed Since You Were a Kid

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Session Info

Description: Alcohol continues to be the #1 drug impacting our communities and is one of the least likely to be plastered (pun intended!) in the headlines. One of the most dangerous phrases when it comes to prevention has to be “I did it when I was a kid and I turned out fine.” The physical, legal, social & economic impacts of alcohol misuse is a burden that is felt by every resident in communities across the nation. Attractive new products, acceptability of use, and the increased availability and accessibility of high content products continue to pose a threat to youth & adults alike. Understanding that alcohol is an issue in the community is one thing…but moving stakeholders and coalitions into sustainable actions is a whole other ballgame! There is no greater strategy than policy change. Knowing the politics and processes behind this change can help coalitions strengthen relationships with their policy makers and build momentum to move from simply talking about the problem to mobilize for action - without crossing the lobbying line. It's time to permanently park the mock car crashes & put away those drunk goggles to invest in what works for alcohol prevention in youth & promote the policies that have been shown to reduce access in your community.

Learning Goal #1:

Attendees will learn the basics of alcohol misuse & addiction, including alcohol use trends across the lifespan.

Learning Goal #2:

Attendees will learn about the latest alcohol products, counter messaging strategies, and how "the industry" has changed over the years.

Learning Goal #3:

Attendees will also learn where to invest their time, how maximize resources & relationships, and how to engage the community in what works to reduce the burden of alcohol without crossing the lobbying line.

The Normalization and Glamorization of Drugs and Sexual Misconduct through Social Media

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Session Info

This presentation will educate attendees on the many facets of drug use and abuse, sexting, sexualization, and sexual misconduct through the many social media avenues. Deputy Gomez will break down the ways that social media “normalizes” and “glamorizes” drug use and abuse.

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify drug use and sexual misconduct in social media
  2. Demonstrate drug and sexuality normalization among youth in social media
  3. Recognize key terms and lingo, referencing drug use / glamorization / sexual behavior
  4. Identify images / pictures associated with drug use and sexting
  5. Recognize the drug/sexual associations in social media and how to resolve them

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