CESAR: Center for Substance Abuse Research

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Second CDEWS Study Finds Synthetic Cannabinoids in Adults and Juveniles in Washington, DC, Denver, and Tampa Criminal Justice Populations

May 2015

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

May 2015

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
January 2015

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 buprenorphine.

CESAR Awarded Five-Year NIDA Funding to Develop the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS)
July 2014

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
June 2014

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.