TULSA, OK – [November 14, 2017] – The Tulsa Health Department has partnered with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs to offer a free drug diversion training course for law enforcement on Wednesday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the agency’s James O. Goodwin Health Center, 5051 South 129th East Avenue. The course will be led by Frank Hornyak, a former Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The term “drug diversion” refers to the use of a prescription drug for any purpose other than what it was intended. The training will cover the current trends in diversion and abuse of controlled substances, how to recognize and prevent common diversion scams, and review current federal laws.
Police and sheriffs’ departments, drug diversion investigators, government agencies, prosecutors’ offices, college campus police departments as well as medical, dental, & pharmacy boards, and other allied professionals are encouraged to attend. Law enforcement personnel may receive eight Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) certification hours for attending.
“Every day in the United States, 2,500 youth age 12 to 17 will abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time,” said Marianne Long, Tulsa Health Department substance abuse program manager. “Additionally, despite new legislation to make it more difficult to obtain prescriptions for opioids such as the required use of the Oklahoma Prescription Monitoring Program, deaths from opioids has continued to increase. We are offering this training at no cost in order to bolster efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse in Tulsa County.”
The training is hosted by the Tulsa Health Department’s Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) program, the Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa (CAPSAT), and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBNDD).
Coalition Against Prescription and Substance Abuse of Tulsa
CAPSAT brings together diverse organizations, stakeholders and individuals to advocate for changes in policies, systems and environments for the prevention of substance abuse. The coalition works to prevent non-medical prescription drug and opioid abuse through education, training, treatment, research, and enforcement.
Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS)
The Tulsa Health Department’s Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS) program supports an array of activities that build a solid foundation for delivering and sustaining effective substance abuse prevention services. This grant-funded program works to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of the non-medical use of prescription drugs in ages 12-25, reduce substance abuse related problems in communities, and build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the state, tribal and community levels. The program is funded by Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.