Shoot it, Smoke it, Snort it: EMS detection of drugs that impair

This presentation aims at improving an EMS responder(s) ability at recognizing a patient(s) who portrays reasonable suspicion of using or is under the influence of a controlled substance and how to take appropriate action, patient assessment and safety measures. Review the physical indicators of impairment and how those signs can be misinterpreted. The primary target audience of the lecture is non-law enforcement personnel, i.e. first responders and EMT’s without full-fledged detection training, to help them understand the importance of accurate detection and the safety consequences of not applying quality basic patient assessment skills.