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A national surveillance system is being developed to use both traditional data collection strategies and scans of social media and web platforms to identify emerging designer synthetic drugs and their metabolites (http://1.usa.gov/1mRw1XJ).
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has given 5 years of funding to the University of Maryland’s Center for Substance Abuse Research to develop the National Drug Early Warning System to monitor emerging trends related to illicit drugs.
Hampton T. Warning System Aims to Detect Emerging Trends in Illegal Drug Use. JAMA. 2014;312(8):779. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10966