North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Opioid Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution Training

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Law Enforcement Officers and Prosecutors

Course Goal:

To offer students the knowledge to conduct death investigations revolving around opioid overdoses  
To provide students the knowledge to prosecute cases related to opioid overdoses

Course Objectives:

The course will cover basic drug overdose death investigation techniques, discuss legal requirements and issues involved in drug overdose death investigations, address drug safety awareness particular to heroin and fentanyl, and highlight proper evidence handling and protocols.
Topics to be covered include:
• Changing the mindset from accident to homicide
• Responding to and investigating drug overdose deaths
• What to look for in the way of evidence
• Documenting the death scene
• Electronic evidence: cell phones, social media and more
• Witness and suspect interview techniques
• Search and seizure issues
• Legal theory and case development
• Intelligence gathering and sharing
• Officer safety when dealing with drugs like fentanyl
• Case analysis


Classroom discussion

Course Requirements:

This training is being provided at no cost by The North Carolina Attorney General through arrangements with the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), the training and research arm of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG).


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Course Coordinator:

Trevor Allen
Jeffrey Zimmerman

Length of Course:

8 hours