Uses for NPDS Data

NPDS data may be used to answer any number of questions concerning use/and or exposure to potentially toxic substances. Recently, NPDS has been instrumental in the identification and/or tracking of health risks associated with:

  • "Bath salts" (such as methylone, MDPV and 2C-1)
  • E-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine
  • Energy Drinks
  • MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), commonly referred to as molly or ecstasy
  • Prescription painkillers
  • Synthetic cannabinoids

NPDS information can also be used to identify potential public health threats through real-time public health surveillance. NPDS surveillance has been used to track information related to:

  • Ebola
  • Electronic Cigarettes 
  • Gulf Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill
  • Health effects related to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy
  • Intentional arsenic poisoning in coffee 
  • Laundry pod exposures 
  • Melamine in dog food 
  • Radiation exposure after the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami
  • Salmonella in peanut butter 
  • Selenium toxicity associated with ingestion of a health food product

In addition, NPDS data has been used to identify injury patterns; review associated rates of illness and death; analyze safety data before deaths and injuries occur; monitor or demonstrate product safety; conduct post market surveillance of newly approved or newly marketed products; satisfy regulatory reporting requirements; and support new drug applications using data from similar products.

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