"For 21 years, the CEWG has given the country frontline
reports on emerging drug use trends in the United States,"
notes Dr. Alan I. Leshner, director of the National Institute
on Drug Abuse. AAdvance knowledge of new forms of drug use,
such as marijuana ‘blunts’ and reports of localized drug use
problems from these important urban areas are invaluable to
our understanding of drug use nationwide."
The CEWG model, which uses information from regional public
health agencies, medical and treatment facilities, criminal
justice and correctional offices, law enforcement agencies,
drug use surveys, and other sources, has been adapted
successfully at local, State, and international levels.
The report from the previous CEWG meeting, held in December
1996, indicated rises in marijuana use based on increases in
marijuana-related emergency room mentions, drug treatment
admissions, and other data presented. There was also a rise
in new heroin users snorting the drug rather than injecting
the drug. Details of these and other findings are in the
Advance Report of the December 1996 Meeting of the Community
Epidemiology Work Group, available from the National
Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at 1-
The CEWG is a network of researchers from Atlanta, Boston,
Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Miami,
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Newark, New Orleans, New York,
Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis,
Seattle, Washington, D.C., and from the State of Texas.
Specific information sources include the treatment data from
State substance abuse agencies; the Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration’s Drug Abuse Warning
Network (DAWN); the National Institute of Justice’s Drug Use
Forecasting (DUF) System; and seizure, price, purity,
prescription/distribution, and arrest data from the Drug
Enforcement Administration and State and local law
enforcement agencies. CEWG meetings are held in winter and
summer each year.
The international component of this meeting, on June 26 and
27, will include presentations from researchers and
discussions among health officials and academicians
representing the United Nations International Drug Control
Program, the Council of Europe and the European Union, the
Organization of American States, and the World Health
Organization; and from selected countries, including
Australian, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, and
Dr. Leshner and Mr. Jeremy Travis, Director of the National
Institute of Justice, will co-chair an international panel
during the meeting focusing on the effective use of
epidemiologic data in developing a research agenda, public
health policy, and delivery of treatment and prevention
The press are invited to attend the meeting from June 25-27.
To register or arrange interviews, please call the NIDA press
office at (301) 443-6245.
NIDA supports more than 85 percent of the world’s research on
the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction and carries
out a large variety of programs to disseminate research