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Drug Outbreak Testing Service (DOTS)

The Drug Outbreak Testing Service (DOTS) pilot study supports local experts and public health agencies experiencing a drug outbreak to identify the drug(s) behind the outbreak by providing free urinalyses of specimens already obtained from affected persons.
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NDEWS News Scans

Outbreaks of drug problems often come to public attention first via media reports. NDEWS conducts periodic searches of published news articles as well as special scans for specific drugs.

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Social Media Data Mining

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 uncover street terms for drugs as they appear on social media, which has implications for understanding drug trends and supporting timely