Opioid Based Law Enforcement Training


This class is an awareness-level class designed for law enforcement (or any first responder) to provide a basic understanding of Opioid drugs from two perspectives: Enforcement and Individual Wellness


The enforcement perspective is designed to give officers a basic overview of opioids and important topics to consider about enforcing laws related to opioids.

Topics Include:

  • Opioid Drug Identification
  • Current Opioid use trends
  • Possession Enforcement
    • Handling and storage of evidence
  • Overview of Drug Impaired Driving Enforcement


The wellness perspective is designed to give officers a basic overview of Individual Officer and Family Wellness topics relevant to Opioid use and addiction.  

Topics include:

  • Opioid Addiction Prevention
  • Signs of Drug Addiction
  • Treatment
    • Law Enforcement Focused
  • Resources
    • In-house; Statewide groups; On-Line

Course Objectives:

After this training, the student will:

  1. Be able to name and identify common forms of opioids currently being abused including fentanyl, heroin, suboxone, and others.
  2. Describe the signs and symptoms of a person who is using opioids.
  3. Know the signs and symptoms of a person impaired by opioids.
  4. Be able to list and describe any unique effects each of the following drugs has on a person:  fentanyl, heroin, suboxone.
  5. Discuss common opioid use trends relevant to New Hampshire including:
    1. How the various opioids are commonly obtained, transported, and used.
  6. Be able to discuss the elements of the possession law and the procedures for charging a person with illegal possession.
    1. Understand the proper handling and storage of drugs that will be used as evidence.
  7. List the elements of the impaired driving law relevant to being impaired by opioids.
  8. Be able to list the steps of the impaired driving investigation process and describe why each step is important.
  9. List three vital steps in preventing opioid addiction in First Responders
  10. List the most important and common signs of opioid addiction in the workplace.
  11. Discuss strategies and policy consideration for approaching a suspected worker regarding opioid addiction.
  12. Describe the five most important considerations for treatment of law enforcement workers (or family members) who are opioid addiction.
    1. Discuss strategies and policy considerations for getting the worker into treatment.
  13. Name the available resources for help with opioid additions in-house, statewide, and online. Be able to name law enforcement specifics groups and how to contact them.


For New Hampshire located classes: this training has been made possible by Sheriff Rivera and the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office.


Upcoming Class Dates

Aug 5: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dirigo Safety LLC
95 Main Street 3rd Floor
Auburn, ME, 04210
Price: $225
In-person and via Zoom
Oct 7: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Keene Police Department, Michael E.J. Blastos Community Room
400 Marlboro Street
Keene, New Hampshire, 03431
Price: FREE - This training is being provided by the Cheshire County Sheriff's Office
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.