173251 California State Epidemiological Profile: Patterns of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) consumption and consequences

Monday, October 27, 2008: 4:30 PM

Stephen Wirtz, PhD , Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control (EPIC) Branch, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA
Stephen Bright, PhD , Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control (EPIC) Branch, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA
Anura Ratnasiri, MSc , Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control (EPIC) Branch, California Department of Public Health, Sacramento, CA
In partnership with the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP), the Epidemiology and Prevention for Injury Control (EPIC) Branch of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is conducting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup Project for California. The project-specific objectives are to produce both state and community level profiles of ATOD use and consequence patterns. The state-specific objectives are to build state and local capacity to conduct ongoing ATOD surveillance and epidemiological analyses to inform prevention policy and program planning and development.

This presentation will provide an overview of the project and its initial products. It will review the processes and criteria used for selecting state and county-level data sources and indicators. Selected prevalence numbers and rates, and trend data from the second statewide ATOD profile will be presented on student, college, and adult consumption patterns and on adolescent and adult health, traffic, crime, and public services consequences. The continued high levels of tobacco and alcohol use and their negative impacts are highlighted. The growing use by adolescents of non-prescription painkillers and the continued increases in methamphetamine use within the state are also noted. A sub-set of these indicators will also be presented for a sample of county-level profiles. State and selected county comparisons are provided. Building the analytic capacity of policy makers and program staff to interpret and use these population-based data, including technical, contextual, and theoretical issues, will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1. Articulate the value of public health ATOD surveillance using population level data, in terms of identifying the magnitude and nature of the problem, trends in use and consequences, emerging problems, and generating hypotheses for policy and program planning. 2. Describe California's approach to SAMHSA's State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) grant for conducting alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) surveillance, including its' criteria for quality and relevance, and its' state and county capacity building objectives. 3. Articulate the rationale for the selection of data sources and indicators, use of rates and trends, and use of multiiple comparisions, as used in the statewide and county-level ATOD Profiles. 4. Identify at least three priority ATOD problems highlighted in the statewide profile each for youth and for adults in terms of consumption and consequences. 5. Identify at least three priority ATOD issues highlighted in the county-level profile each for youth and for adults. 6. Apply at least one analytic strategy highlighted to interpret and use the data presented more effectively (e.g., population based, small numbers, trends).

Keywords: Epidemiology, Surveillance

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Lead for SEOW Project in California; professional traiing and experience in the related areas - surveillance, epidemiology, AOD, etc.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.