Agencies frequently need to find the extent and patterns of substance use problems in their community or in specific populations (e.g., youth, elderly). This knowledge allows agencies to target precious resources to tackle the biggest problems or to try to prevent arising issues from becoming larger problems. A full scan of substance-related issues in terms of measurable indices is an epidemiological scan.
We can assess local, state, and regional data to provide an appraisal used to identify problems, their levels, and severity. This information can also serve as baseline data for an intervention. Repeated at regular intervals, the information provided can be used for evaluating global outcomes. These methods can also identify the largest or latest issues.
Samples of our epidemiological reports are available on our Projects and Reports pages.