University Of Maryland
CESAR: Center for Substance Abuse Research

National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS)

PI: Eric D. Wish, Ph.D.

Abstract: In 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded (through a cooperative agreement) the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) at the University of Maryland, College Park to develop a nationwide public health surveillance system. NDEWS is designed to monitor emerging drug use trends to enable health experts, researchers, and concerned citizens across the country to respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as heroin and to identify increased use of designer synthetic compounds.

The four main components of NDEWS depicted in the organizational chart are administration (red), detecting and monitoring drugs and drug trends (blue), following up to collect more complete and accurate information (green), and sharing and disseminating information (purple).

More information about NDEWS be found in the CESAR FAX issue, NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Partners with CESAR to Establish the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) and on the NDEWS website.

Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Website: www.ndews.org