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Resources

MANUALS

Assessing Drug Abuse Within and Across Communities
Link: www.drugabuse.gov/pubs/assessing/
To help communities understand their local drug abuse problems NIDA developed this guidebook to assist in the development of a drug abuse epidemiologic surveillance systems to assess local drug abuse patterns and trends. This model can be used by states counties cities and communities. It is based on the work of NIDA’s Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) a national surveillance network composed of researchers from around the country that has been meeting biannually for more than 20 years to monitor drug use and abuse trends.

Barefoot Epidemiologist
Link: www.newmeyer.com/essay_template.php?id=15
This paper by John Newmeyer was written in 1991 and is still an excellent introduction to needs assessment.

NATIONAL SURVEYS

Monitoring the Future Survey
Link: www.nida.nih.gov/DrugPages/MTF.html
The Monitoring the Future Survey (National School Survey) conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health has tracked 12th graders’ illicit drug use and attitudes towards drugs since 1975.

Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Link: www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm
Conducted by the Center for Disease Control The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) was developed in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death disability and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. To this end the CDC has conducted a number of Youth Risk Behavior Surveys.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Link: www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH.aspx
SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use & Health [formerly called the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA)] is the primary source of information on the prevalence patterns and consequences of alcohol tobacco and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non institutionalized population age 12 and older. It is currently conducted by SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.

The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS)
Link: www.samhsa.gov/data/DASIS.aspx
N-SSATS is an annual survey of all substance abuse treatment facilities in the I-SATS that collects information on location characteristics services offered and utilization. The N-SSATS includes a periodic survey of substance abuse treatment in adult and juvenile correctional facilities. Before 2000 the N-SSATS was known as the Uniform Facility Data Set (UFDS).

ADDITIONAL DATA SOURCES

STATE SUBSTANCE ABUSE DATA

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors
Link: www.nasadad.org/index.php?base_id=283
(NASADAD) keeps current links to substance abuse data for a variety of states

ARCHIVED PUBLICATIONS FROM TCADA

Special Populations

Gambling

Economic Costs

Secondary School Surveys

Elementary School Surveys

Adult Surveys

Criminal Justice Surveys

Juvenile Offender Surveys