National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS)


A new cooperative agreement grant to support NDEWS was awarded in April, 2020, to the University of Florida, Linda Cottler, Ph.D., Principal Investigator. The new NDEWS website is expected in late July, 2020.

Brief Description

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

Map of Sentinel sites - see contact information below

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.

Contact Information

Atlanta metro, GA:
Brian J. Dew, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
Georgia State University
1210 Beech Haven Road
Atlanta, GA 30302–3890
Phone: 404-413-8168
Fax: 404–413–8013

Chicago, IL:
Lawrence J. Ouellet, Ph.D.
Research Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
School of Public Health
The University of Illinois at Chicago
Mail Code 923
1603 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312–355–0145
Fax: 312–996–1450

Denver metro, CO:
Marion Rorke, MPH 
Dept of Public Health and Environment
City and County of Denver
200 W 14th Ave., Ste 300,
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 720-865-5453

Detroit/Wayne County, MI:
Cynthia L. Arfken, Ph.D.
Wayne State University
3901 Chrysler Drive
Tolan Park Medical Building
Detroit, MI 48207
Phone: 313–993–3490
Fax: 313–577–8823

Los Angeles, CA:
Mary-Lynn Brecht, Ph.D.
Research Statistician
Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
University of California, Los Angeles
11075 Santa Monica Boulevard
Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-983-1196
Fax: 310–312–0538

Marcella H. Sorg, Ph.D., R.N.
Research Associate Professor and Director,
Rural Drug & Alcohol Research Program
Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center
University of Maine
5784 York Complex
Building 4
Orono, ME 04469–5784
Phone: 207–581–2596
Fax: 207–581–1266

Miami (Southeastern Florida) FL:
Ben Hackworth, MPH
Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention
United Way of Broward County
Ansin Building
1300 South Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Phone: 954-453-3740

New York, NY:
Denise Paone, Ed.D.
Director of Research
Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention,
Care and Treatment
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
42-09 28th Street
19th Floor, CN-14
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 347–396–7015

Philadelphia, PA:
Suet T. Lim, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Evaluation
Community Behavioral Health
Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
801 Market Street
Seventh Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215–413–7165
Fax: 215–413–7121

San Francisco, CA:
Phillip O. Coffin, MD, MIA
Director of Substance Use Research, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of HIV/AIDS, University of California San Francisco
25 Van Ness Ave, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-437-6282
Fax: 415-431-4039

Seattle/King County, WA:
Caleb Banta-Green, M.S.W., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
University of Washington
1107 N.E. 45th Street
Suite 120
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-685-3919

Jane C. Maxwell, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Austin
1717 West 6th Street
Suite 335
Austin, TX 78703
Phone: 512-656-3361
Fax: 512–232–0617


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.

Contact Information

Boston, MA:
Daniel P. Dooley
Director, Analysis and Surveillance
Boston Public Health Commission
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
Sixth Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617–534–2360
Fax: 857–288–2212

Cincinnati, OH:
Jan Scaglione, R.Ph., Pharm.D.
Clinical Toxicologist
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Drug and Poison Information Center
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Phone: 513–636–5060
Fax: 513–636–5072

Maryland/Washington, DC:
Eleanor Erin Artigiani, M.A.
Deputy Director for Policy
Center for Substance Abuse Research
University of Maryland, College Park
4321 Hartwick Road
Suite 501
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301–405–9794
Fax: 301–403–8342

Minneapolis, MN:
Carol L. Falkowski
Epidemiology Specialist
Drug Abuse Dialogues
364 James Court
St. Paul, MN 55115
Phone: 651–485–3187
E-mail: Carol.falkowski

Phoenix, AZ:
James K. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Social Epidemiologist
Department of Family and Community
University of Arizona
1450 North Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: 520–615–5080
Fax: 520–577–1864

St. Louis, MO:
Heidi Israel, Ph.D., A.P.N., F.N.P., L.C.S.W.
Associate Research Professor
St. Louis University School of Medicine
3625 Vista 7N
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314–577–8851
Fax: 314–268–5121

San Diego, CA:
Richard S. Garfein, PhD, MPH
Division of Global Public Health
Department of Medicine, School of Medicine
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC-0507
San Diego, CA 92093-0507
Phone: 858-822-3018
Fax: 858-534-7566

West Virginia
Robin A. Pollini, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
West Virginia University
PO Box 9151
Research Ridge Office Suite 201 & 202
3606 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: 304-293-1529


Eleanor Erin Artigiani, M.A.
NDEWS Co-Investigator
Center for Substance Abuse Research
University of Maryland, College Park
4321 Hartwick Road
Suite 501
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: 301–405–9794
Fax: 301–403–8342

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