2008 and 2009 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Available for Online Analysis

The 2008 and 2009 DAWN emergency department (ED) public-use data files are now available for online analysis through the SAMHDA Web site.

DAWN is a public health surveillance system that monitors hospital drug-related ED visits and drug-related deaths reported by selected medical examiner and coroner offices across the Nation. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the agency responsible for DAWN.

DAWN uses a probability sample of general, non-Federal hospitals, with oversampling of hospitals in selected metropolitan areas, to annually produce estimates of drug-related ED visits for the United States and selected metropolitan areas. All types of drugs (licit and illicit) are covered, including all alcohol involvement for patients under 21, and alcohol involvement in combination with other substances for those 21 and older.

Access the 2009 DAWN study
Access the 2008 DAWN study

Learn more about DAWN on the DAWN series home page