New reports highlight important drug-related statistics in key 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 For related publications and information, visit

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

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