2006 Drug Abuse Warning Network now available for download and online analysis
The 2006 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) emergency department (ED) public-use data and documentation files have been released for download and online analysis through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA). more...
DAWN is a public health surveillance system that monitors hospital drug-related ED visits and drug-related deaths reported by selected medical examiner and coroner offices across the country. DAWN uses a probability sample of hospitals to annually produce estimates of drug-related ED visits for the United States and selected metropolitan areas. Any ED visit related to recent drug use is included in DAWN and all types of drugs (licit and illicit) are covered, including all alcohol involvement in patients under age 21 and alcohol involvement in combination with other substances in those age 21 and older.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency responsible for DAWN. The DAWN page at the SAMHSA website provides detailed data tables and publications using data collected by DAWN and a report summarizing the 2006 DAWN findings. In the near future, SAMHSA is planning to also release DAWN data for 2004 and 2005.
Learn more about DAWN on the DAWN series home page