Monitoring Substance Use Indicators for North Carolina Adolescents

This project built a Web-based data reporting system for describing trends in adolescent substance abuse indicators in North Carolina. The data was presented in a format that allowed communities to identify their own substance abuse issues and to track trends over time. The system was populated with data that is publicly available. This database included indicators of substance use from a large range of sources, including self-reported measures from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey and Youth Tobacco Survey and administrative data on arrests from the State Bureau of Investigation and on emergency room visits from the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Investigation was underwent as to whether and how this information is valuable to communities as they make decisions regarding local prevention and intervention strategies.