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As a former career intelligence analyst, I go to great lengths to ensure the completeness, accuracy and reliability of the data presented on this site. Much of the data I host is not available on-line, and the numerous reports produced by the various government agencies usually contain data for only a small part of what they have actually collected and reported over time. I made the effort to compile it into what remains the most complete collection of drug related data available. My presentation of the data has been vetted by several academic researchers who have cited my site and work through formal peer review processes. I thereby stake my professional reputation on the fidelity of my work and guarantee its accuracy. Naturally, I welcome you to prove it to yourself if desired, by visiting the links below to some of the resources I use to produce the site. Above all else, if you do find any errors in the pages I host, kindly email me so I can correct them.


Bureau of Labor Statistics

BLS Homepage

Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses SOII

National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries CFOI

Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in 2001, USDL 02-687, December 19, 2002 PDF Version (76K)


Census Bureau

Census Bureau Homepage

Population data for some parts of the site are obtained from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Query Interface, while older population and other demographic data are obtained from the Statistical Abstract of the United States.

School Enrollment data are collected annually in the October Current Population Survey (CPS) for the Nation. Detailed information from recent surveys and historical trends in selected topics are available here.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC WONDER Mortality Database

United States Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Office of Analysis, Epidemiology, and Health Promotion (OAEHP), Compressed Mortality File (CMF) compiled from CMF 1968-88, Series 20, No. 2A 2000, CMF 1989-98, Series 20, No. 2E 2003 and CMF 1999-2001, Series 20, No. 2G 2004 on CDC WONDER On-line Database.


Drug Abuse Warning Network

DAWN Homepage

1990 - 1994 Data:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. Year-End 1997 Emergency Department Data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network, Rockville, MD, April 1999.

1995 - 2002 Data:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. Emergency Department Trends From the Drug Abuse Warning Network, Final Estimates 1995-2002, DAWN Series: D-24, DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 03-3780, Rockville, MD, 2003. PDF Version (1.1 meg)

Excel spreadsheets of data tables available directly from DAWN (2 meg)

2003 Data:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2003: Interim National Estimates of Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits., DAWN Series D-26, DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 04-3972. Rockville, MD, 2004


Drug Enforcement Administration

DEA Homepage

Information on annual budget, staffing, seizures, etc as reported on DEA's website. Updated whenever new information is made available.


Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI Homepage

Crime in the United States (CIUS) is an annual publication in which the FBI compiles volume and rate of crime offenses for the nation, the states, and individual agencies. This report also includes arrest, clearance, and law enforcement employee data. Uniform Crime Reports


Monitoring The Future

NIDA Homepage
MTF Homepage

Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2009). Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975–2008: Volume I, Secondary school students (NIH Publication No. 09-7402). Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2009). Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975–2008: Volume II, College students and adults ages 19–50 (NIH Publication No. 09-7403). Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse.


National Center for Education Statistics

NCES Homepage

Digest of Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Available Online


National Center for Health Statistics

NCHS Homepage

Health, United States, various years Online

National Vital Statistics Reports, various series Online


National Center for Statistics and Analysis
of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

NHTSA Homepage

Traffic Safety Facts 2003: A Compilation of Motor Vehicle Crash Data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and the General Estimates System, January 2005 PDF Version (1.7 Meg)


National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

NIOSH Homepage

Fatal Injuries to Civilian Workers in the United States, 1980-1995: National Profile (NIOSH Publication Number 2001-129) PDF Version (1.3 meg)


National Survey on Drug Use and Health
National Household Survey on Drug Abuse

SAMHSA Homepage

2002 through 2008 data:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2009). Results from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: National Findings (Office of Applied Studies, NSDUH Series H-36, HHS Publication No. SMA 09-4434). Rockville, MD. Latest Version

2000 and 2001 data:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2002). Results from the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Volume II. Technical Appendices and Selected Data Tables (Office of Applied Studies, NHSDA Series H-18, DHHS Publication No. SMA 02-3759). Rockville, MD.

1999 data:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2001). Summary of Findings from the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Office of Applied Studies, NHSDA Series H-13, DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 01-3549. Rockville, MD, 2001.

1979, 1985 and 1991 through 1998 data:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (1999). Summary of Findings from the 1998 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Office of Applied Studies, (DHHS Publication No. SMA 99-3328). Rockville, MD.

1982 and 1988 data (last year published):

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (1998). 1997 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Office of Applied Studies. Rockville, MD.


Office of National Drug Control Policy

ONDCP Homepage

National Drug Control Strategy, 2004 PDF Version (1.1 meg)

The Economic Costs of Drug Abuse in the United States, 1992-2002 December, 2004 PDF Version (2.34 meg)

The Price of Illicit Drugs: 1981 through the Second Quarter of 2003 PDF Version (404 kb)

What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs: 1988-2000 PDF Version (485 kb)


Treatment Episode Data Sets

TEDS Homepage

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS): 1992-2002. National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services, DASIS Series: S-23, DHHS Publication No. (SMA) 04-3965, Rockville, MD, 2004. Online


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