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On-demand webinar: Responding to fentanyl and drug trends in your community

What you need to know to stay safe when a drug epidemic hits your community.

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The opioid crisis and the flood of other drugs has reached epidemic proportion in many of our communities. Drug traffickers are intentionally adding fentanyl to a variety of drugs and other drugs are emerging in various forms. Regardless of the community you live in, you’ll need learn more about this national challenge.

In this webinar presented by and Thermo Fisher Scientific, our expert in narcotics interdiction will discuss what law enforcement needs to know about current drug trends and how to stay safe when dealing with today’s street drugs.

You will learn:

  • Key trends in narcotics like opioids, fentanyl and methamphetamine.
  • What fentanyl is and its potency.
  • Which drugs are being cut with fentanyl.
  • Why the drug traffickers are using fentanyl.
  • How to protect yourself from an accidental exposure to fentanyl.
  • How to have better knowledge in discussing commonly abused drugs.
  • How naloxone/narcan works in opioid overdoses.
  • What options exist for field testing of drugs, including fentanyl, more safely.


“Great presentation with lots of pertinent information without overdoing it with stats and unrelated material that is beyond the knowledge base of the average person.”

“Hearing an explanation of how the TruNarc works, and descriptions of how drugs are being cut with other fillers etc.”

“This opens up a new outlook on the fentanyl epidemic.”

“Very informative. This illustrates the intensity and magnitude of the situation.”



Gil Van Attenhoven, President & Owner of G. Van & Associates Inc., Folsom, CA, has over 29 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and spent the next 26 years with the CA Department of Justice, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE). He held assignments in the Los Angeles, Redding, San Francisco, and Sacramento Field Offices, was a Drug Task Force Commander, and the Commander of the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) program, a statewide marijuana eradication task force. He retired as a Senior Special Agent in Charge for DOJ. He was Director of Training for the CA Narcotic Officers’ Association (CNOA) from 2013-2018. He is currently an instructor for the Department of Defense Counterdrug programs (MCTC & RCTA), the COPS Office, Bureau of Justice Assistance, CNOA, and NCJTC. He was the president of CNOA in 2009 and is a Lifetime Member. He graduated from the FBI National Academy, Session 209. He was appointed to the CA Commission on POST by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was part-time faculty (adjunct professor) in the Administration of Justice Department at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA for 11 years.


Bill Kotowski leads the Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Field and Safety Instruments Chemical Identification team for North America. Bill has worked with Thermo Fisher Scientific for over 12 years and has over 18 years of public safety sales experience. Bill has helped launch the following Raman & FTIR products for unknown chemical identification at Thermo Fisher: FirstDefender RM/RMX, TruDefender FTX, TruNarc, Gemini and 1064Defender. TruNarc is the leading Raman handheld analyzer for presumptive testing of narcotics, and it is now available in all 50 United States and in over 50 countries.