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Methamphetamine and Opioid Epidemic: 2022 Drug Trends

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National and local narcotic trends are ever changing. This presentation will outline the types, uses, and effects of common narcotics being consumed in South Dakota. The United States as a whole and even small community in South Dakota is being faced with a new epidemic, fentanyl. While methamphetamine is still prevalent in our communities, fentanyl usage has increased exponentially in recent years. The goal of this presentation is to be able identify opioids, methamphetamine, and the signs of usage while interacting with members of your community.

Presented by Nate Winters and Ralph Dupres
Community Response to Child Abuse Conference 2022

Nate Winter, Special Agent, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Nate is a narcotics agent for the DCI in the Northeast SD area and is currently assigned to the Watertown Field Office. Nate has been with the DCI for more than 5 years and spent his first several years investigating major crimes in Northeast SD. Nate was born and raised in the Sioux Falls SD area. Prior to becoming a DCI agent, Nate graduated from Augustana University with a degree in both Government/International Affairs and Sociology.

Ralph Dupres, Special Agent, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Ralph is a DCI agent assigned to the Southern Black Hills area. Ralph has 8 years of law enforcement experience and was with the Rapid City Police Department prior to being employed by DCI. Ralph was raised in Rapid City, SD and holds an associated degree through Western Dakota Technical Institute.