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Early Warning Surveillance Systems to Gather Coalition "Information Into Action"
Drug trends are changing rapidly due to the unpredictability of new drugs entering communities along with shifting risk and protective factors. In order to monitor the quickly developing community drug landscape, it becomes increasingly important to establish an early warning surveillance system. A coalition Drug Epidemiology Network (DEN) monitors numerous indicators tracking local prevalence of use and consequences of related substance abuse. In this session, learn how to monitor changes in substance use to compile local drug abuse data including hospitalizations, deaths, addiction treatment, prevalence, drug pricing, potency and abuse trends. This session will explore the importance of collaboration with key stakeholders for your local drug abuse prevention coalition. Findings from the DEN are converted to "Information for Action" in the coalition's strategic planning and evaluation processes.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the role and benefits of an Early Warning Surveillance System in the coalition strategic planning process, identify by name or community domain 5 persons or positions to be the organizer of a Drug Epidemiology Network (DEN) for your coalition and name which of the 12 NIDA National Drug Early Warning System’s (NDEWS) Sentinel Site locations are geographically closest to or most demographically similar to your community.