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Lesson #45: Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Identification

Category
Training Material
Subject
Illicit drugs and chemical precursors

Description

Material for a 4-hour lesson, part of the Basic Training Program of Macedonian Police, developed by the Police Development Unit of the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje.

Subject
Illicit drugs and chemical precursors
Target group
Cadets
Region
South-Eastern Europe
Keywords
drugs identification, drugs

Summary

Macedonian Police Officers must possess a basic familiarization with the most common street narcotics, dangerous drugs and psychotropic substances they will be encountering on patrol. In order to effectively maintain public peace and order they must be able to understand and recognize the indications of the use and abuse of illegal addictive substances. Addiction is becoming a major problem throughout Macedonia and children are the most frequent and vulnerable target of drug traffickers. Routinely, this criminal enterprise is aggressively being forced upon young victims within the very settlements where they live and go to school. In response, residents are pressuring the police to be more effective in protecting their children from this destructive criminal threat. This lesson is intended to develop the patrol officer’s ability to be more responsive, proactive and effective in opposing criminal efforts to conduct drug trafficking in the settlements the officers serve. To do so, this introductory training will focus on enhancing the officer’s fundamental recognition of street level illegal narcotics, dangerous drugs and psychotropic substances and their methods of abuse.

This lesson will provide students with an introduction and familiarization with the most common street level narcotics, dangerous drugs and psychotropic substances and their methods of abuse.

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  1. State the eight (8) street terms most commonly associated with drug use and trafficking and explain their application.
  2. State three (3) major affects of illicit drugs on the human body.
  3. List the presence of factors that contribute or increase the effect drugs on an individual.
  4. Describe the stimulants cocaine, crack, amphetamine, and meth-amphetamine in terms of their physical characteristics, means of ingestion, effects on the user, and police safety considerations.
  5. Describe depressant tranquilizers and barbiturates in terms of their physical characteristics, means of ingestion, effects on the user, and police safety considerations.
  6. Describe the hallucinogens LSD, ecstasy, and PCP in terms of their physical characteristics, means of ingestion, effects on the user, and police safety considerations.
  7. Describe the opiate heroin in terms of its physical characteristics, means of ingestion, effects on the user, and police safety considerations.
  8. Describe Cannabis in terms of its physical characteristics, means of ingestion, effects on the user, and police safety considerations.

Information

Added on
26 Mar 2003
Origin
OSCE Mission to Skopje, North Macedonia
Target group
Cadets
Region
North Macedonia
Keywords
drugs identification, drugs
Rights
OSCE