This course addresses the problems associated with illegal use and production of methamphetamine. This is necessary training for any public safety personnel and first responders. We believe every public safety employee should be aware of the underlying problems with this drug. This includes 911 emergency dispatchers and police officers, since they have the most contact with the general public.
These are very high-risk calls when received by a public safety answering point. They could involve methamphetamine production, use, sale, overdoses, assaults, and every other problem that can arise from this illegal drug. Police officers, emergency medical services, and fire fighters are frequently dispatched to these calls. For that reason emergency dispatchers need to have a good working knowledge of the drug and people who abuse and clandestinely produce it.
By the end of this training, attendees shall be able to explain:
- Methamphetamine and its effects on users
- The precursors, reagents, equipment and paraphernalia used in the production of methamphetamine. This will include the recommended use (by manufacturer and illegal use to produce methamphetamine)
- Current trends in methamphetamine production
- Production methods of clandestine meth labs
- The stages of meth use with attending dangers to the public and law enforcement
- The hazards and proper procedures to follow when encountering a clandestine lab
- The investigative steps in locating a meth lab
- How law enforcement uses merchants to identify meth cooks