DEA Releases NFLIS Data Tables

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced earlier this month the public release of data tables from the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS). DEA’s “NFLIS-Drug” data collection has involved systematically collecting drug identification results and associated information from drug cases submitted to and analyzed by participating Federal, State, and local forensic laboratories. These laboratories analyze controlled and noncontrolled substances secured in law enforcement operations across the country.


NFLIS-Drug represents an important resource in monitoring illicit drug abuse and trafficking, including the diversion of legally manufactured pharmaceuticals into illegal markets. The new publicly available data tables reflect selected NFLIS-Drug data for the years 2013 through 2016. Estimates for the most frequently identified drugs in the United States are provided.

In addition, state-level counts are provided for fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances, synthetic cannabinoids, and synthetic cathinones between 2013 and 2016. DEA welcomes users to the website to view these new tables and the accompanying documentation designed to facilitate the interpretation and citation of the tables.

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