Delaware Department of Justice
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Matt Denn

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Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution Training

Attorney General Matt Denn and the Delaware Department of Justice is hosting a training aimed at saving lives and helping in the effort to fight the current heroin and fentanyl epidemic. This one-day course, “Drug Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution,” examines the myriad of issues that surround the investigation and prosecution of deaths resulting from overdoses of heroin and fentanyl. The course is intended for both law enforcement officers and prosecutors.

The number of deaths resulting from overdoses of heroin and fentanyl has surged in recent years reaching epidemic proportions. More and more counterfeit drugs are being sold that are, in reality, a lethal dose of fentanyl. This training explores how criminal prosecution of these deaths as homicides might be used to address illegal drug distribution, punish wrongdoing, and ultimately save lives.

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 evidence to look for
  • 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 information sharing
  • Officer safety
  • Case analysis

This training is being provided at no cost by Attorney General Matt Denn and the Delaware Department of Justice 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).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Rollins Center, Ballroom B (1st fl. hotel-side of bldg.)

Lunch will be provided.

To register, please download THIS FORM, save it to your device, complete it, and submit it via email to


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