USA (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
As reported by GantDaily.com in the article NIDA Switches to Social Media Monitoring For Drug Abuse Trends, Outbreaks (8/20), the National Institute on Drug Abuse is taking new measures in an attempt to monitor drug abuse trends by turning to social media. As NIDA currently relies on community surveillance to monitor drug abuse trends, it is also working with the University of Maryland to create a monitoring system known as the National Drug Early Warning System, which will be funded by the National Institute of Health. The project is expected to be complete within the next 5 years. According to the Director of NIDA, the NDEW system will be a more powerful tool that can better track and identify designer drugs as well as their location. Additionally, the new system will be able to better identify new patterns of drug abuse in real-time format. Their current method of data collection can take researchers up to one year.
The new system will be the first of its kind and will take to a focus on synthetic and designer drugs. The system will utilize web scans and social media as a way to collect statistics and information. Moreover, the new system will allow addiction experts from all over the country to partner up via a virtual community so that they can work with police to uncover local hot spots and cities that show emerging trends. Finally, the new system will also benefit the public, as those behind it can release information to them via social media, newsletters and other traditional methods of communication.
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