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Overdose Death Investigations

Overdose Death Investigations

  • Disputanta, VA

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The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is pleased to announce “Overdose Death Investigations” training presented by Professional Law Enforcement Training, LLC.


Drug-related overdose cases are increasing at an alarming rate across the United States. From the heroin epidemic to the fentanyl crisis, communities are experiencing the deadly effects of illicit drugs. Unfortunately, criminals that often supply the drugs that cause the overdoses, often evade prosecution. 

One of the primary challenges for law enforcement officers assigned to conduct overdose death investigations is the lack of cooperation from witnesses and/or the victim if he or she is not deceased. As a result, the cases are rarely prosecuted. 

Successful overdose death investigations rely on a comprehensive strategy to target all those responsible for the death. Using conspiracy laws as well as homicide laws, investigators across the United States have had success in bringing justice for the families of the victims. 

This training course is designed to equip law enforcement officers with the tools necessary to successfully conduct and prosecute any drug-related overdose cases. 

Topics to be Covered Include:

  • Opioid Crisis

  • Primary Drugs Causing Overdoses

  • Federal Drug Conspiracy Laws

  • Treating as Homicide Investigations

  • Toxicology Overview

  • Processing/Securing the Crime Scene

  • Challenges/Interviews/Lack of Cooperation

  • Proactive Investigations 

Who Should Attend?

This training is only available to sworn law enforcement officers in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Partial In-service Credit

Partial In-service Credit (PIC) for Virginia law enforcement officers will be available. 


There is no fee to attend this training.

Travel, Lodging, and Meals

Transportation, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the participant.

Training Time and Details

Check in begins at 7:30 a.m.

Training begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m. 

For More Information, Contact:

Chris Scuderi

Josh Butts