Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: Mr Joranson and colleagues1 discussed the uses and limitations of emergency
department data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). Recognizing these
limitations, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) convened a panel of outside experts to consider the utility of DAWN
and whether changes in the health care delivery system, particularly the growth
of managed care, have affected the drug abuse cases that are treated in emergency
departments. The panel recommended that SAMHSA update its procedures.
Fontanarosa PB, Ball J, Korper S, Woodward A. Reporting Drug Abuse in the Emergency Department. JAMA. 2000;284(5):564. doi:10.1001/jama.284.5.561