Second CDEWS Study Finds Synthetic Cannabinoids in Adults and Juveniles in Washington, DC, Denver, and Tampa Criminal Justice Populations
The Community Drug Early Warning System (CDEWS) provides information about emerging drug use in local communities by sampling anonymous urine specimens that were previously collected by a criminal justice agency, tested for a limited panel of drugs, and are ready to be discarded. CDEWS re-tests the specimens for an expanded panel of more than 75 drugs. The second CDEWS study found that the types of SC metabolites detected vary considerably by site and that DC juveniles may be using different formulations of SC than DC adults. Implications for law enforcement and public health are also discussed in the report. For more information, see the CDEWS-2 report or the CESAR FAX issue highlighting the report. The first CDEWS report, published in 2013, can be found here.
CESAR FAX Special Series on Synthetic Cannabinoids Updated
Stay on top of the most recent research and survey results regarding synthetic cannabinoids with this updated compilation of CESAR FAX issues on the topic
CESAR FAX Special Series on Buprenorphine Updated
While research indicates that buprenorphine is an effective drug for treating
opioid dependence, we feel that the potential for its nonmedical use and related
unintended consequences may be going unnoticed. This
series of publications on buprenorphine was designed to highlight several
indicators of the increased availability, diversion, and misuse of
CESAR Awarded Five-Year NIDA Funding to Develop the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS)
The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) will monitor emerging trends to enable health experts to respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as heroin and to identify increased use of designer synthetic compounds. For more information, see this special edition of the CESAR FAX, or go to the NIDA Press Release.
Maryland's Successful Community Services Locator Is Now Available for Other Jurisdictions
CESAR would like to work with you to implement a Community Services Locator (CSL) or a secure Inmate Community Services Locator (ICSL) in your area. For more information, see our CSL and ICSL brochures. Check out the Maryland Community Services Locator (MDCSL; www.mdcsl.org) to see a working example of this invaluable tool.
UMD Press Release on NDEWS Project
NIDA Press Release on NDEWS Project
CESAR Pilots New Community Drug Early Warning
Diamondback Article on CDEWS
UMD Video of Dr. Wish Discussing CDEWS Findings
Washington Post Article on CDEWS Project
Washington Times Article on CDEWS Project
CESAR Responds to NPR's Story on Buprenorphine