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SAMHSA report highlights U.S. metropolitan area drug statistics

April 26, 2011
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has developed a series of Metro Briefs providing detailed statistical snapshots of drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments occurring in 11 metropolitan areas across the nation. This series of briefs is based on SAMHSA’s Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), a public health surveillance system which collects data from nationally representative emergency departments participating in the program. Each brief provides a wide range of information about the nature and scope of drug-related admissions in a metropolitan area through a variety of charts, graphs and accompanying text. This information includes:

  • Comparative data on the level of drug-related emergency department visits occurring within the metropolitan area and the nation as a whole
  • Key demographic patient characteristics such as gender and age
  • Breakdowns on the substances of abuse involved in the emergency department visits
  • Information on the levels of emergency department visits involving drug- related suicide attempts
  • Data on emergency department visits involving underage drinking

These briefs were developed by SAMHSA as part of its strategic initiative on data, outcomes, and quality an effort to create integrated data systems that help inform policy makers and providers on behavioral health issues.




The briefs are available on the web at

www.samhsa.gov/statesinbrief. For related publications and information, visit

www.samhsa.gov.

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