Office of National Drug Control Policy

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Enhance the Drug Abuse Warning Network Emergency Department Data System
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DAWN provides national and local-area estimates of drug-related emergency department visits, and drug-related mortality.

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This system is central for assessing the impact of drug use on the health care system and on the health of the population. The FDA, for example, uses DAWN as an indicator of potential side effects of previously approved prescription drugs. The system is not fully capable of meeting national and local needs and suffers from antiquated data collection procedures that do not provide timely results. SAMHSA will work with ONDCP and FDA to develop options to improve DAWN’s timeliness and its accuracy, including identifying agencies that rely on the data and could collaborate with SAMHSA to maintain DAWN’s viability.

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