2008 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)

The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a nationally representative public health surveillance system that continuously monitors hospital drug-related emergency department (ED) visits and drug-related deaths reported by select coroner and medical examiner offices across the country.

For the first time in over a decade, SAMHSA is now making public-use data files available for the DAWN. The 2008 DAWN ED public-use data and documentation files are available for download. Variables in DAWN provide details on the ED visit, including type of case, case disposition, drug involvement in the ED visit, route of administration, and the number of unique drugs reported. A metropolitan area indicator is included for the metropolitan areas that DAWN oversamples. SAMHSA is planning to also release DAWN data starting from 2004 to 2007 and 2009 onwards in the upcoming year.