Between 1997 and 1999, Drug Strategies, Washington, a nonprofit research and education institute, created profiles of substance abuse problems in three cities and developed a how-to manual to assist other communities to produce their own profiles.
Drug Strategies produced profiles of Washington, (April 1999); Detroit, (June 1999); and Santa Barbara, Calif., (July 1999). Each profile follows a common format, including:
- An introduction explaining the scope of the profile and the process by which it was compiled.
- An overview of local public and private sector agencies, funding and data resources.
- Data concerning use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs.
- Descriptions of model substance abuse prevention programs.
- Data and policies regarding crime and substance abuse.
- Information on the costs of substance abuse, including the impact on health; and city responses to the problem.
A common theme in all three profiles is the need for improved treatment services.
Drug Strategies produced a step-by-step guide for other groups seeking to develop their own city profiles, Lessons from the Field: Profiling City Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Problems.