Westat Wins Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) Contract

Westat has been awarded the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) contract by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). A field data abstraction effort, DAWN involves abstracting emergency department data from a sample of hospitals across the U.S. with an emphasis on rapidly identifying sentinel drug events.

As the country deals with the opioid crisis as a public health emergency, SAMHSA’s focus for DAWN is to

  • Serve as an “early warning” system to identify emerging drug and drug use trends
  • Ensure that surveillance data are made available to participating hospitals and health officials at all levels in near real time

Westat will

  • Design the surveillance and sentinel event reporting system
  • Develop the data abstraction infrastructure
  • Recruit hospitals
  • Abstract and quality check the data
  • Develop a public data dissemination platform to inform public health response efforts

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