The social media team is currently pulling batches of tweets from Twitter using a set of drug terms provided by the Coordinating Center staff. These tweets are being used to adapt methodologies proven in other fields for collecting and sorting tweets and pulling out relevant information on substance use and misuse. Additional social media sites will be scanned in future years.
The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) and the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) Coordinating Center are working together to identify trends in drug use through Twitter. The initiative aims to uncover street terms for drugs as soon as they appear on social media and has several implications for public health. Read the full press release about the collaborative study.