Sentinel Community Site (SCS) Data Indicators

The National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) is a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Diversion Control Division program that systematically collects drug identification results and associated information from drug cases submitted to and analyzed by Federal, State, and local forensic laboratories. These laboratories analyze controlled and noncontrolled substances secured in law enforcement operations across the country. It is an important resource for monitoring and understanding drug abuse and trafficking in the United States, including the diversion of legally manufactured drugs into illegal markets.

The geographic data presented in these data visualizations are actual reported data or counts rather than national or State estimates. These data represent only those items that were submitted to and analyzed by forensic laboratories and represent a snapshot of the NFLIS-Drug database as of the date the data were run.

To access the data used to generate these visualizations and/or DEA reference and guidance materials, please go to the DEA’s NFLIS Public Resource Library.

DEA’s Suggested Citation: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Diversion Control Division. (Year that webpage was last updated). NFLIS-Drug public use data table title. Retrieved from the NFLIS Public Resource Library at

NDEWS is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under award number U01DA038360. This content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).