In partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Use Program (COSSUP, formerly COSSAP), FTCOE and its partners produced a series of short videos on how law enforcement officers, first responders, and other stakeholders can gain knowledge and implement best practices in their role to support effective local, state, and tribal responses to illicit substance use and misuse in order to reduce overdose deaths, promote public safety, and support access to treatment and recovery services in the criminal justice system.
This video will aid officers on the scene of a death to identify potential markers for overdose that should be shared with the local coroner or medical examiner to assist them in triaging cases to ensure drug related deaths are adequately identified and investigated.
Kelly Keyes, D-ABMDI
Retired Supervising Investigator
Orange County Sheriff's Department - Coroner Division
- City of Durham
- City of Durham Police Department
- City of Durham Fire Department
- Reinvestment Partners
Law enforcement officers commonly perform field drug tests to identify seized drug materials presumptively. This video is intended to provide law enforcement officers with an understanding of the different types of field drug tests, the best practices to use when performing tests, and the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) worn during testing. This video will also discuss inherent limitations to field drug tests and the differences between color-based and instrument-based testing.
Forensic Scientist Supervisor
Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau
- Phoenix Police Department Laboratory Services Bureau Controlled Substances Section
- Criminal Justice and Public Health Response for Emerging Drug Threats
- Bureau of Justice Assistance's Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program
- Bureau of Justice Assistance's Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program Resource Center
- Landscape Study of Field Portable Devices for Presumptive Drug Testing
- Academic-based Drug Field Testing and Training Initiative
- Model Strategies Field Drug Testing Programs
- NIJ Controlled Substances Case Processing Study
- NFSTC Field Presumptive Drug Tests - Colorimetric Kits
Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence video series has been provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program and the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this video series are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Bureau of Justice Assistance or the U.S. Department of Justice.