Rapid Street Reporting

Rapid Street Reporting (RSR) is a national venue-intercept study planned for the 17 NDEWS Sentinel Sites. Over the next five years, RSR will take place in at least six sentinel sites per year over a weekend period.

This initiative uses a modified version of Co-Investigator Dr. Joseph Palamar’s validated rapid survey, which has been previously used to survey over 4,500 nightclub attendees. The rapid survey is programmed to assess the use and correlates of use of over 100 drugs, many of which are new psychoactive substances (NPS), and queries whether users experienced acute adverse effects from specific drugs used.

Biological testing is important when investigating NPS, which is why NDEWS is adding hair testing of surveyed individuals. Dr. Palamar has been detecting extensive underreported NPS use via hair testing, as many individuals were unknowingly exposed through adulterated drugs. Specimens will be tested by Dr. Alberto Salomone with three published methods utilizing ultra-high performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS). Two of these methods (developed by Dr. Salomone) are capable of detecting over 100 NPS––mostly synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones (“bath salts”), and now fentanyl analogs and other potent opioid NPS.

If you are interested in working as an interviewer for the RSR study, please contact the study coordinators Nae Won (nwon@ufl.edu) and Anna Wang (annawang@ufl.edu) for more details.

Past reports:

Substance use in the past 12 months: Tampa, Florida | Survey dates: February 18-20, 2022 | N=223

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The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) Rapid Street Reporting (RSR) team visited Tampa, FL on February 18-20, 2022. Tampa was chosen as a Hotspot location based on recent increases in drug-related 911 emergency medical services dispatches reported by biospatial.io. The RSR team conducted surveys in public spaces, including sidewalks near pedestrian walkways, downtown areas, public parks, shopping mall areas, skate parks, and nightlife areas such as bars and clubs within Tampa.

View the full report here: NDEWS-2022-RSR0003

Substance use in the past 12 months: Atlanta Metro Area | Survey Dates: January 28-30, 2022 | N=151

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The Rapid Street Reporting (RSR) team visited Atlanta, GA, on January 28-30, 2022, for the RSR study. The RSR team conducted surveys within public spaces, such as sidewalks near downtown/college campuses, public parks, shopping mall areas, libraries, farmers’ markets, and public transportation stops within Atlanta. Participants’ (n=151) zip codes included 19 counties throughout the Atlanta Metro Area.

View the full report here: NDEWS-2022-RSR0002

Substance use in the past 12 months: San Francisco Bay Area | Survey Dates: November 12-14, 2021 | N=71

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The NDEWS team has launched the Rapid Street Reporting (RSR) study, with the first weekend visit occurring November 12-14 in San Francisco. Participant’s zip codes were from: San Francisco, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. People were interviewed in public spaces, such as public parks, near bars/restaurants, shopping mall areas, and public transportation stops within San Francisco.

View the full report here: NDEWS-2021-RSR0001

The National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS) is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (U01DA051126) to the University of Florida (PI: Cottler; Co-Is: Goldberger, Nixon, Striley), New York University (Co-I: Palamar), and Florida Atlantic University (Co-I: Barenholtz).