Continuing education credits available to health care professionals and teachers; preregistration required
Lincoln Land Community College-Capital City Training Center is offering a special one-day seminar about the latest street drugs of abuse. “Current Trends in Drug Abuse” is being held Wednesday, June 14 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar is being held at LLCC’s Capital City Training Center, 130 W. Mason, Springfield.
Presenter Bruce Talbot will update health care and law enforcement professionals, educators, first responders and others on the latest street drugs of abuse in Illinois and innovative community responses to this latest drug challenge. He will discuss how the Illinois heroin epidemic is being challenged by a wave of designer synthetic narcotic drugs with strange chemical names or street slang names that are up to 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Other common street drugs of abuse such as cocaine and marijuana are also being challenged by designer synthetics including alpha-PVP and 5F-ADB.
Current Illinois drug abuse data will be presented from the Illinois Department of Public Health and drug seizure data will be shared from the Illinois State Police forensic labs. Changes to Illinois’ medical marijuana law and its impact on community substance abuse also will be discussed.
Bruce R. Talbot holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University, a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Southern Illinois University, is a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University, and has more than 25 years of experience teaching drug/alcohol recognition and prevention classes nationwide. He has been qualified as an expert witness in Illinois and Texas criminal courts and has been called to testify as a subject matter expert witness before U.S. Congressional committee hearings. Talbot has co-written scientific research on drug control and has appeared on many public opinion programs including CNN “Talk Back Live,” CBS News “Eye on America” and BBC “Science Frontiers.” He has been a frequent speaker at state and national conferences including the National GHB and Designer Drug Conference and the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association conference. A veteran police officer, Talbot has supervised both street patrol as well as the investigative unit, community policing unit, and the DARE drug education program. He is a retired 27-year veteran police officer and a certified police instructor by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
Cost for the seminar is $69. Six continuing education contact hours will be awarded to nurses, professional/clinical counselors and social workers. Six Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) will be awarded to teachers. Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association (IAODAPCA) continuing education units are pending.
Preregistration for the seminar is required. For more information or to register, visit www.llcc.edu/cctc or call the LLCC-Capital City Training Center at 524.6749.