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The health risk associated with oxycodone abuse is exemplified by Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) data, which estimated 22,397 emergency department mentions for oxycodone in 2002.
The Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) of NIDA, which has monitored drug use patterns for more than 25 years, bases its annual reports on a number of indicators, including the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse mentioned earlier, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (based on emergency room statistics), Uniform Crime Reports by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and data from the National Institute of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (Hatem, 2001).
In June 1994, the federal Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) released its annual survey of coroners in four dozen major cities.
Statistics compiled by the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), a project of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, support the view that abuse of prescribed narcotics is not a major risk for older patients.
DAWN Medical Examiner Mentions (1999) Drug Mentions diazepam (Valium) 811 diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 641 Elavil (antidepressant) 477 nortriptyline (antidepressant) 424 acetaminophen (Tylenol) 427 lidocaine (heart drug & local 384 anesthetic) Prozac 305 quinine 250 meprobamate (tranquilizer) 170 aspirin 104 Source: Drug Abuse Warning Network
The researchers matched the autopsy records with information in the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) database, which was set up by the Drug Enforcement Agency to collect mortality data from medical examiners and emergency room personnel.

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