National Data Sources


  • The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a public health surveillance system that monitors drug-related hospital emergency department visits to report on the impact of drug use, misuse, and abuse in metropolitan areas and across the nation.
  • The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and misuse and mental disorders in the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population, ages 12 and older. The survey generates estimates at the national, state, and sub-state levels.
  • The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) contains the demographic characteristics and substance misuse problems of admissions to treatment facilities in the United States. TEDS has an admissions and a discharge data set.

Other Data Sources

  • The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an ongoing, state-based survey that collects data among adults on the prevalence of chronic diseases and conditions, access to health care, and health-risk behaviors such as heavy and binge drinking. BRFSS results are available at the national and state levels and at select local levels (city results are available for larger municipalities and metro areas).
  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) makes available the American Indian Population and Labor Force Report (within the Document Library), which provides a variety of national demographic, social, economic, and health data.
  • The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is a national system that collects arrest data, including data on drug and alcohol crimes, by police jurisdiction, regionally, statewide, and nationally.
  • provides demographic data for communities (by census tract), counties, regions, states, and the nation. Data categories include age, gender, ethnicity, education, and income.
  • The Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS) at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) collects information on deaths resulting from motor vehicle collisions, including data on several aspects of the crash, including the event, the vehicle(s) and driver(s), and each person involved.
  • The Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) at the World Health Organization (WHO) is a school-based survey designed to enhance the capacity of countries to monitor tobacco use among youth and to guide the implementation and evaluation of tobacco prevention and control programs. It is one of four surveys included in the Global Tobacco Surveillance System. GYTS includes data on the Pacific Jurisdictions.
  • The Indian Health Service (IHS), part of the department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The IHS Fact Sheets contain general overview information on the IHS and on specific health care topics concerning American Indians and Alaska Native people.
  • Monitoring the Future is a national survey that looks at the behaviors, attitudes, and values of young people. It collects information on the incidence and prevalence of substance use, as well as other related issues, including perceived harm, disapproval of use, and perceived availability.
  • The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics was established by Congress to serve as an advisory body to HHS on health data, statistics, and national health information policy. It fulfills important review and advisory functions relative to health data and statistical problems of national and international interest, stimulates or conducts studies of such problems and makes proposals for improvement of the nation’s health statistics and information systems.
  • The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal government and communities. Tribal data on education, health, and human services can be found in the Policy Issues section of NCAI’s website.
  • The WHO STEPwise approach to Surveillance (STEPS) Survey provides country-specific information on chronic diseases and health promotion. It includes data on the Pacific Jurisdictions.
  • Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) provide national crime estimates (including arrests for drug- and alcohol-related crimes), state crime estimates, and city and county crime counts (for cities with populations of more than 10,000 and counties with populations of more than 25,000). Data are provided by law enforcement agencies that voluntarily participate in the UCR Program.
  • The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) at CDC assesses teenagers’ incidence and prevalence of substance use, as well as other health issues, including sexual activity, vehicle safety, weapons, violence, and suicide. This survey uses a national sample of students in grades 9 through 12. Some state and local data are also available.
Last Updated: 09/24/2015