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Seminar Title:  
Fentanyl: Current Drug Trends and Officer Safety

DATES:  1/22/2018 through 1/23/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Matthew Griffin

LOCATION:  Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center
Note: Parking $15.00 daily rate - 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33316

HOTEL:  Embassy Suites - Ft. Lauderdale, FL  954-527-2700
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Matt Griffin is a fourteen-year law enforcement veteran specializing in narcotic-related investigations.  Matt started his police career with the Virginia Beach Police Department in August of 2003. He was assigned to the 3rd precinct where he received several accolades including the Class Act Award for initiative and motivation. Matt’s expertise in patrol narcotics earned him a certification in Virginia Beach Criminal and Superior Court as an expert witness in narcotics packaging, distribution and sales. 
In February of 2007, Matt began working with the Keene, NH Police Department where continued his work in narcotics by assisting with the NH Drug Task Force.  In 2010, Matt was assigned as a School Resource Officer at a local high school.  Based on his experience, Matt drafted the New Hampshire state policy on Cyber Bullying.  Matt traveled across NH, presenting to various agencies and school boards how to effectively combat cyberbullying in schools.
In 2013, Matt transitioned back to patrol where he led the police department in arrests for two consecutive years.  During that time, Matt also received a Life Saving Award for his decisive actions in administering lifesaving first aid to a young female.
In November of 2015, Matt was selected to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force where he currently works in an undercover capacity.  Over the past few years, New Hampshire’s opioid addiction and fentanyl crisis has claimed the lives of over 1000 residents state wide.  Matt’s Drug Task Force has investigated dozens of fentanyl-related overdoses and continues to combat the deadly drug by educating the public and conducting undercover operations targeting the sources.  In 2016, Matt was awarded a New Hampshire State Police Commendation for his arrests and seizures in 2016.
Matt has been a law enforcement instructor for several years and genuinely enjoys teaching. He has presented at several conferences on a wide range of topics with exceptional reviews.

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Course Objectives

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Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate used as a surgical anesthetic or as a narcotic to treat chronic and severe pain. Its most commonly used in Cancer patients, however over the last couple of years it’s been blamed for the death of thousands of Americans and has changed the way Law Enforcement is doing business. It’s characterized by the CDC as an “incapacitating agent,” and provides a substantial risk to Law Enforcement. Fentanyl can be absorbed through skin, whether through accidental contact or inhalation of airborne powder. An amount the size of a few grains of salt can be enough to potentially kill a 250lb man. Many Officers are unaware of these risks and the results can be deadly. If this isn’t scary enough, add Carfentanill to the list of cutting agents used with Heroin. Carfentanil is upwards of 100x times stronger than regular Fentanyl and absolutely fatal to humans. Today more than ever, Law Enforcement needs to prepare themselves to deal with this risk.

On day one of this two day training course we will breakdown Fentanyl and discuss the rise to Opioid abuse along with how to protect yourself from accidental exposure and possible overdose. We will familiarize you with the latest trends in packaging and distribution methods.

From the onset of an overdose, an Officer can die in less than 3 minutes. During this class you will learn how to recognize the symptoms and respond to an Officer overdose. We will give you the tools you need to put policy and training in place at your home agency to field test and preserve evidence safely and responsibly.

On day two, we will talk about current drug trends and various cutting agents. We will discuss best practices for undercover operations where Fentanyl is being pressed or cut. We will discuss and breakdown personal undercover cases involving Fentanyl and Carfentanil.

This two day training course will provide officers a comprehensive approach to dealing with what some are calling the most dangerous threat to Law Enforcement in the last 100 years.

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