There are a number of online tools for quick analysis of certain Federal data sets of interest in the epidemiology of drug abuse and its antecedents and consequences. Here are some of the most useful:

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)* (http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/SAMHDA/using-data/sda.html):
Provides access to substance abuse research data to promote the sharing of these data among researchers, policymakers, service providers, and others.

SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies (OAS) Quick Data Tables on Substance Abuse: Conduct Your Own Analysis (http://oas.samhsa.gov/quick.cfm):
Provides direct access to OAS data.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) (http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/yrbss/):
Monitors priority health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults. The YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by the CDC and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) (http://www.cdc.gov/brfss/):
The world's largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984.

Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)(http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars/default.htm):
An interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data.

CDC Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER)(http://wonder.cdc.gov/):
An easy-to-use, menu-driven system that makes the information resources of the CDC available and provides access to online databases with an ad-hoc query system for the analysis of public health data. Reports and other query systems are also available.

DHHS Data Council Gateway to Data and Statistics (http://hhs-stat.net/):
This web-based tool brings together key health and human services data and statistics. It is designed to complement other government resources such as FirstGov and FedStats. The Gateway covers federal, state and local government sponsored information, and includes: Direct links to the major health and human service surveys and data systems; Search tools for locating statistical facts, reports, methodologies, data sets, and other statistical information; and, description and links for virtually all the statistical and surveillance systems supported by HHS agencies.

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
(http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/QueryTool/QuerySection/SelectYear.aspx):
Contains data on all vehicle crashes in the United States that occur on a public roadway and involve a fatality. This FARS Query System provides interactive public access to fatality data.

National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)(http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/das.html):
The primary activities of NACJD are the archiving and distribution of computer-readable crime and justice data collections to facilitate research in criminal justice and criminology, through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources and through the production of original research based on archived data.

Data Ferret (http://dataferrett.census.gov/):
A tool from the US Census Bureau built to access TheDataWeb, a network of online data libraries. Data topics include, census data, economic data, health data, income and unemployment data, population data, labor data, cancer data, crime and transportation data, family dynamics and vital statistics data.

HCUPnet (http://hcupnet.ahrq.gov/):
HCUPnet is a free, on-line query system based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). It provides access to health statistics and information on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization.


* FYI, OAS has released another short report that illustrates use of the OAS online data analysis system (SAMHDA). Using heroin as an example, this report shows how SAMHSA's TEDS public use data files can be analyzed to show trends from 1995 to 2000 and how to graph the results. The report is: The DASIS Report: Graphing Multi-Year Analyses of TEDS at: http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/2k3/MultiYr/MultiYr.cfm Other helpful reports on the SAMHDA can be found at: http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/tutorial.cfm and;
http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/samhda.htm
















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Resources for Online Data Analysis of Drug Abuse Related Data

 



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