Revised February 2019
Latest NDEWS Reports
The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) began in August, 2014. NDEWS is supported through a Cooperative Agreement award to the University of Maryland. NDEWS builds upon but expands beyond the former NIDA Community Epidemiology Work Group by creating a broader network, adding a national perspective and incorporating innovative approaches for the identification and monitoring of emerging drug problems. NDEWS continues to monitor drug trends in many of the same Sentinel Community Sites as the CEWG however NDEWS also reports on drug trends across the U.S. as new issues emerge. NDEWS Sentinel Community Site annual reports describing drug use trends and emerging issues are available on the NDEWS website. A key feature of NDEWS is the NDEWS Network, a virtual community of more than 1200 scientists, government officials, public health experts, law enforcement representatives, and others from the US and around the globe for sharing information, providing alerts to emerging issues and assisting with local research. Innovative methods being developed for information collection and analysis include scanning social media and news media, geospatial analyses, conducting Hot Spot studies in local communities experiencing emerging drug problems, and state-of-the-art urinalysis of existing specimens in locations experiencing a drug outbreak to detect the presence of new as well as common psychoactive substances. NDEWS conducts a Webinar series available to the public that offers reviews of newly detected drugs and timely drug issues in specific geographic areas. Webinars are also convened to explore innovative research and resources for a better understanding of changes in drug use and drug use trends in the United States.
NDEWS Sentinel Community Sites
NDEWS Sentinel Community Epidemiolgists
Represent the 12 Sentinel Community Sites as the point of contact for their site and as members of the NDEWS Network. They work with Coordinating Center staff to prepare annual profiles on current drug use and abuse in their site and emerging drugs and drug trends.
Atlanta metro, GA:
Denver metro, CO:
Detroit/Wayne County, MI:
Los Angeles, CA:
Miami (Southeastern Florida) FL:
New York, NY:
San Francisco, CA:
Seattle/King County, WA:
NDEWS Community Epidemiologists
Serve as the point of contact for an additional 7 sites (that are former Community Epidemiology Workgroup sites) and as members of the NDEWS Network.
St. Louis, MO:
San Diego, CA:
Eleanor Erin Artigiani, M.A.
Center for Substance Abuse Research
University of Maryland, College Park
4321 Hartwick Road
College Park, MD 20740
NDEWS NIDA Project Scientist:
Moira P. O'Brien, M. Phil.
Epidemiology Research Branch
Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Rm. 5185, MSC 9589
Bethesda MD 20892-9589
Phone: 301 402-1881
Fax: 301 443-2636