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Training and Capacity Building

The StreetCheck team is available to facilitate trainings in Massachusetts and across the United States for teams and organizations that are thinking about implementing community drug checking or seeking further training on proven evidence-based strategies. Our team is full of knowledge, expertise, and lived experience. We offer a variety of in-person trainings, virtual workshops and webinars, and offer a monthly drop-in meeting for drug checking technicians.  

Please review our offerings below and connect with us for further information or to schedule a training. 

StreetCheck Training Series 

  • 2 Day FTIR Training  (in-person)

Day 1 of the training will be helpful for anyone doing sample data collection, assisting with the drug checking (test strips and/or FTIR) project, or sharing results with participants. It will cover sample data collection; orientation to the tools of drug checking; safety considerations; StreetCheck for collection and reporting; basic FTIR preparation, scanning, and clean up skills; and communicating drug checking results. 

Day 2 will be helpful for a dedicated FTIR technician (aka the person scanning and analyzing samples). We suggest that each program identify and send at least two people who will be conducting FTIR spectral analysis. This day will have a good bit of time for structured analysis and focused hands-on skill development related to FTIR scanning and analysis. 

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  • StreetCheck  (in-person or virtual)

In depth overview of the Collector/Portal navigation and functions

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  • FTIR Follow-up Session 1  (in-person or virtual)

Review of practice set 1: Trains on basic analysis skills and practice

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  • FTIR Follow-up Session 2  (in-person or virtual)

Review of practice set 2: Trains on intermediate analysis skills and practice

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  • Data Visualizations  (in-person or virtual)

Learn about the data and search features of StreetCheck back end and public facing sites - helpful tools for reporting

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  • FTIR Follow-up Session 3  (in-person or virtual)

Review of practice set 3: Trains on advanced analysis skills and practice

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Technical Trainings (available through CDC training hub / OD2A TAC)

  • Designing and Implementing Fentanyl Test Strips as an OD2A Strategy  (in-person or remote)

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  • Community Drug Checking 101​  (in-person or remote)

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  • Considerations When Implementing Community Drug Checking  (in-person or remote)

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  • Introduction to Community Drug Checking with Spectrometers and Other Field-Ready Devices for Community Programming. (in-person or remote)

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  • Spectral Analysis for Community Drug Checking. (in-person or remote)

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  • Working with Public Safety Agencies as Part of Community Drug Checking (in-person or remote)

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  • Using StreetCheck for Community Drug Checking Instrument Operator  (in-person or remote)

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  • Using StreetCheck for Community Drug Checking Analytics and Community Data  (in-person or remote)

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  • Xylazine 101  (in-person or remote)

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Monthly Drop-in Meeting 

Our team offers a monthly drop-in meeting for drug checking technicians to ask questions and seek advice from the StreetCheck team and our network of drug checking peers. This meeting runs from 12-1pm EST on the fourth Friday every month.

Consultations and Technical Assistance

Consultations and technical assistance may be available for community-based groups and local or state agencies looking for dedicated support in drug checking program design and service implementation. Please contact us for more information and to discuss your needs further. 

 

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