Using drug databases: Tips for avoiding pitfalls

Number 5686
Subject Drugs
Source Pat Beall
Affiliation Palm Beach Post
Year 2018
Summary The CDC’s WONDER database is the best national database of drug deaths, but it's outdated and flawed, leading to undercounted heroin deaths and overcounted deaths from prescription opioids. Yet this is the database that researchers primarily turn to time and time again to identify and prove drug trends, which then becomes the baseline for policy decisions about drugs. Learn what’s available in data, how to use the CDC numbers (they are tricky), understand the pitfalls and possible workarounds and ways to localize reporting some of the data-based problems.
Tags drugs; WONDER database; Center for Disease Control; CDC; overdoses; prescription opioids
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