Identifying Drug Endangered Children (D.E.C.)

Original Release Date: 11/1/2020 and Expiration Date: 11/1/2023

Enduring Material Author

Anthony Saucedo, Retired Detective/Lieutenant
Michigan State Police
DEC Coordinator, Michigan State Police


Leo Mercer, Jr., MD
Chief of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery, Hurley Medical Center, Flint

The author and moderator do not have a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest. (Click here to view the Faculty Disclosure forms.)


- Video (1 hour 30 minutes)

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Gain awareness about D.E.C., the risk they face, and recognize the need to facilitate a multi-disciplinary collaborate response to better meet their needs.
  • Know what a multi-disciplinary collaborate response looks like and how to incorporate resources within a community in a manner that provides better care for D.E.C.
  • Identify children living in dangerous drug environments and the benefits of early intervention when endangerment is suspected, in order to reduce physical and psychological harm.

Instructions for Participation

  1. Start Here to register and complete the CME activity.
  2. Note: Plan for one hour and 30 minutes of committed time. If you exit the activity before completion, you must begin again.
  3. Take the pre-test, view the material, and complete the post-test.
  4. Complete the evaluation and receive your CME certificate.

Hardware / Software Requirements

PDF: To view the material in a portable document file (PDF) format, you will need a PDF reader, which you can download for free at Nitro Reader or Adobe Reader (or from your App store if you are using a mobile device).

VIDEO: To view the material in video format, you will need Adobe Flash player, which you can download for free from Adobe Flash (or from your App store if you are using a mobile device). You may need speakers or headphones to hear the audio.


No charge

Accreditation Statement

Hurley Medical Center is accredited by the Michigan State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Hurley Medical Center designates this Internet Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, Allied Health Professionals, Resident Physicians and Nurses who reside within the state of Michigan and its bordering states of Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio only.

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Provider Contact Information

Hurley Medical Center, Institute for Continuing Medical Education, One Hurley Plaza, Flint, MI

Phone 810-262-9142, Fax 810-760-9956, or Email

Provider Disclosure

Planning Committee Members –
Leo Mercer, Jr., MD, Nicole Matthews, RN, TNCC, Regina Waller, and Michelle Landis do not have a relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests.

Reviewers –
Susumu Inoue, MD, Elmahdi Saeed, MD, Omari Young, MD, Diane Welker, NP, Kay Taylor, PhD, Jennifer Godlesky, MLIS, Julia Moses and Regina Waller do not have a relevant financial relationship with any commercial interests. Hemant Thawani, MD, has a relevant financial relationship with Pfizer and Sanofi as Grant/Research Support and Consultant, but there is no relevance to the educational topic.

The Mechanism to Resolve Conflict of Interest of a relevant financial relationship with the educational topic by planning committee members and/or reviewers of the CME activity would be resolved by not allowing the planning, reviewing, and approving of the CME activity. Dr. Hemant Thawani’s financial relationship has no relevance to the educational topic.


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