Brain Chemistry: It’s What Drugs of Abuse Mess With

Session Info

Each of the drugs we are talking about at this conference is an “external psychoactive substance”, i.e., something that we take into our bodies to change our perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, and/or our behavior.  All these drugs - - whether acquired off the street or prescribed - - only work because they match one or more of our own human nerve receptors for our own “internal psychoactive chemicals”. The problem is that most of us know nothing about our basic neurochemistry – our brain chemistry - - or that there are ways to increase or decrease our internal doses of our own psychoactive chemicals, so we want/need less – or none of these external substances.  This is called practical science.

Objectives:  Participants will be able to – 

Define “external psychoactive substances” and “internal psychoactive chemistry”

Match at least one naturally occurring “internal psychoactive chemical” to its “external psychoactive substance”

Name at least one action that is proven to increase our calming/healing “internal psychoactive chemicals”.  

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

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.


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

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


High Risk Drug Interdiction & Traffic Stops

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

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

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.


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