The Early Warning System for the Americas (known by its Spanish acronym, SATA) is a system to gather and disseminate information on emerging drug threats available so that countries can respond in the shortest possible time to new threats.  

As stated in the Hemispheric Plan of Action on Drugs 2021-2025, member states should contribute to the SATA by gathering and submitting national alerts from their national early warning systems (EWS).

CICAD’s Inter-American Observatory on Drugs (known by its Spanish language acronym, OID) has developed a training handbook on EWS so national drug observatories (ONDs) in member states  can establish and/or strengthen their EWS.

SATA also serves as a global reference for the timely identification of drug-related emerging issues. 

  • Gather data on emerging drug threats in a timely manner.
  • Disseminate information on emerging drug threats to national early warning systems.
  • Support the development of early warning systems in member states.
  • Technical assistance.
  • Regional, sub-regional, and national training events.
  • Gathering data on emerging drug threats.
  • Drafting and publication of information bulletins and documents to disseminate information on emerging drug threats.
More Results
Development and release of information bulletins and articles to disseminate information on emerging drug threats
More Publications
several pills and a needle on a surface
April, 2021
Summary of Main Findings from the Emerging Threats Project
New Psychoactive Substances, Heroin, Fentanyl, and Other Opioids
March, 2023
Information Bulletin - Early Warning System of the Americas (SATA)
April, 2020
Information Bulletin - Early Warning System of the Americas (SATA)
January, 2022
Emerging Drugs in the Americas: New Psychoactive Substances, Including Synthetic Opioids
March, 2023
Training Guideline to Support National Drug Observatories in the Implementation and Coordination of Early Warning Systems
Marya Hynes
Pernell Clarke
Juan Carlos Araneda
Paula Demassi
Project Officer
Daniela Ocaña
Project Officer
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