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Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG)

NDEWS Coming Soon

NIDA is pleased to announce the development of a new, enhanced data collection system through a partnership with CESAR and the University of Maryland. The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) will be the first national public health surveillance system with the ability to identify emerging drugs and their metabolites, including a focus on synthetics. NDEWS will establish a system of harmonized community indicators for tracking drug trends and emerging drugs nationally, using both traditional data collection strategies as well as social media and web scans. NDEWS will serve as a coordinating center to generate critically needed information about emerging drug concerns and their public health consequences so that rapid, informed, and effective public health responses can be developed.  The five year project begins in July 2014. Please look for updates on this site. For questions, contact Dr. Marsha Lopez.

What We Do:

Established in 1976, the Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) is a network composed of researchers from major metropolitan areas of the United States and selected foreign countries which meets semiannually to discuss the current epidemiology of drug abuse. The primary mission of the work group is to provide ongoing community-level surveillance of drug abuse through analysis of quantitative and qualitative research data. Through this program the CEWG provides current descriptive and analytical information regarding the nature and patterns of drug abuse, emerging trends, characteristics of vulnerable populations and social and health consequences.

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Contact Information:

  • Moira O'Brien, M.Phil. - Project Officer
    Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    6001 Executive Boulevard
    Room 5153 MSC 9589
    Bethesda, MD 20892-9589
    Phone: 301-402-1881
    Fax: 301-443-2636

This page was last updated February 2014