The Robert F. Borkenstein Course on the Effects of Drugs on Human Performance and Behavior
Sep. 23, 2019 - Sep. 27, 2019
Westin Long Beach
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333 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach CA
Tuition Cost: $1,200 - $1,700Register Now
The Borkenstein Drug Course covers topics related to the pharmacology of drugs and their effects on psychomotor performance and driving. This program has been growing in popularity since it was first offered in 2002, and has drawn attendees from all over the U.S. and other countries. This is the most advanced course available anywhere for toxicologists and law enforcement professionals in this topic of growing concern.
- The course is taught by internationally acknowledged experts who will discuss the pharmacology, toxicology and human performance effects of major drug classes associated with driving impairment.
- The range of topics has been expanded to include implementation of laws and strategies for investigating, identifying, and documenting drug impaired driving.
- The curriculum is updated each year to include emerging issues and recent developments in the science of forensic alcohol toxicology.
Drug impaired driving is now being recognized as a major public safety issue worldwide. Drug use among fatally injured drivers in the US is estimated to be around 40-50%, and combined drug and alcohol use is the often overlooked part of the iceberg, as alcohol positive cases are infrequently assessed for drug use.
There are major developments taking place around the world to document and combat drug impaired driving. The program is designed to supplement the training offered by other groups such as SOFT and AAFS, with ideas and strategies for enforcement, and for documenting and trying drug impaired driving cases. The Course is structured to meet the needs of:
- Analytical toxicologists performing testing for DUID investigations.
- Toxicologists testifying in court on drug and alcohol impaired driving.
- Public safety specialists involved in developing policies and statutes to respond to drug impaired driving.
The course is taught using the successful Borkenstein Alcohol Course classroom format that provides excellent opportunities for networking, student/student and student/faculty interaction during the breaks and after-hour’s social functions, and more individual attention to student questions.
*** Presentation materials will be available on Dropbox.com 1 week before the course (link will be provided via email). It is recommended that you download the presentations in order to follow along with course instructors. Please bring a lap top computer if possible.***
Course Topics Include:
- DUID and Overview of Approaches to Drug Impaired Driving Casework
- The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program
- The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program: Validation Studies
- Principles of Pharmacology and Drug Effects – Stimulants and Hallucinogens
- Cocaine and Methamphetamine: Effects on Human Performance and Behavior
- Hallucinogens and “Bath Salts”: Effects on Human Performance and Behavior
- MDMA, NPS and Other Stimulants: Effects on Cognitive Function and Actual Driving
- Principles of Pharmacology and Drug Effects – Cannabinoids
- Cannabis: Effects on Human Performance and Behavior
- On Road Driving Studies: Cannabis
- Synthetic Cannabinoids – Effects on Behavior and Performance
- Online Resources and Literature Searching for Drug-impaired Driving
- Principles of Pharmacology and Drug Effects – Opiates
- Opioids: Effects on Human Performance and Behavior
- Principles of Pharmacology and Drug Effects – Benzodiazepines and CNS Depressants
- Carisoprodol, Butalbital and Topiramate: Effects on Human Performance and Behavior
- Benzodiazepines, Zolpidem and other Imidazopyridines and Driving Impairment
- CNS Depressants: Antidepressants and Anxiolytics – On-Road Driving Studies
- National Trends in DUID Laws
- National Safety Council Recommendations for Drug Testing in DUID Investigations
- Legalizing Cannabis in Canada: Implications for Drugged Driving
- Forensically Defensible Drug and Alcohol Testing in DUID – Laboratory Aspects
- Presenting Drug Impairment Evidence in Court – Defense/Prosecution Perspectives
Travel and Lodging
Course participants are responsible for arranging their own travel and lodging arrangements.
The CFSRE has reserved a room block for attendees at a special rate of $173.00/night at the Westin Long Beach Hotel.
In order to reserve a room at this discounted rate, please call the Starwood national registration number (800) 937-8461 and say “Borkenstein Drug Course”.
The most convenient airport for this location is LAX.