Nebraska Violent Death Reporting System (NEVDRS) and State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS)

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​​​​​​​Nebraska Violent Death Reporting System

Violent death, including homicide and suicide, is a major public health problem with implications for premature loss of life and substantial economic impact through loss of wages and medical costs. Preventing these deaths begins with understanding the contributing circumstances of such deaths. The National Violent Death Reporting System is the only state-based reporting system that compiles data on violent deaths from multiple sources (law enforcement reports, coroner reports, toxicology reports, and vital statistics data). This data provides critical information on the “who, when, where, and how" to better understand why the violent deaths occurred. For additional information on NVDRS, please visit the CDC's NVDRS webpage.​​​

NEVDRS Overview Information​


State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System

SUDORS abstracts data for drug overdose deaths, including accidental overdose deaths, from the same sources as NVDRS. Like NVDRS, SUDORS provides comprehensive information on the contributing circumstances to drug overdose deaths to better inform prevention and response efforts. For additional information on SUDORS, please visit the CDC's SUDORS webpage.

​SUDORS Overview Information​


Our Partners

​The Nebraska Violent Death Reporting System (NEVDRS) has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2017. SUDORS data collection began in 2020. Our partners are frontline investigators, including law enforcement, coroners, and medical examiners. Since the beginning of NEVDRS and SUDORS, voluntary participation among data providers has expanded considerably. Currently, NEVDRS and SUDORS have access to most applicable deaths across Nebraska's 93 counties. This is critical, as the information collected during a death investigation provides valuable context to the injury.

Data Provider and Partner Information


The Data

NVDRS and SUDORS collect facts from death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, law enforcement reports, and toxicology reports on each homicide, suicide, unintentional firearm fatality, unintentional drug overdose fatality, and deaths of undermined intent. Over 600 unique data elements are collected for each death. Together, these elements provide valuable context about violent deaths. Examples of data elements are listed below:

  • Demographic information
  • Injury/death location
  • Cause and manner of death
  • Mental health conditions and treatment
  • Alcohol or substance abuse and treatment
  • Suicidal ideation and attempt history
  • Relationship problems
  • Financial problems
  • Legal problems
  • Substances present, including those contributing to applicable deaths
  • Naloxone administration

This list is not exhaustive. Please view the coding manuals attached below for details regarding each data element collected for NVDRS and SUDORS.  

NVDRS and SUDORS Coding Manual


Data Reports

Violent death data is available by request and at a variety of online sources.

CDC WISQARS 

CDC's WISQARS™ is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States.

SUDORS Dashboard 

The drug overdose death data presented below come from the CDC's State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS). SUDORS provides comprehensive data on unintentional and undetermined intent drug overdose deaths collected from death certificates and medical examiner/coroner reports (including scene findings, autopsy reports, and full postmortem toxicology findings).

NVDRS Restricted Access Database (RAD) 

The NVDRS Restricted Access Database (RAD) is a de-identified, multi-state, case-level data set comprising hundreds of unique variables. The database includes short narratives to describe the circumstances related to violent deaths, including descriptions from law enforcement and coroner/medical examiner investigative reports. The RAD contains confidential information that could lead to accidental disclosure of the identity of suspects and victims. CDC protects these data by requiring users to meet certain eligibility requirements and to take steps necessary to ensure the security of data, preserve confidentiality, and prevent unauthorized access.

NVDRS Journal Articles 

A non-exhaustive list of journal articles and other reports referencing data from NVDRS.

SUDORS Journal Articles 

A non-exhaustive list of journal articles and other reports referencing data from SUDORS.

Nebraska NVDRS and SUDORS Data



Contact

​For additional information and inquiries contact NEVDRS program personnel. ​

Ashley Miller, MPA

NEVDRS/SUDORS Program Manager
Office of Injury Surveillance
E
pidemiology and Informatics Unit
Division of Public Health

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026
Can Ceyan

NEVDRS/SUDORS Data Analyst
Office of Injury Surveillance
Epidemiology and Informatics Unit
Division of Public Health

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026
Lifeng Li

Injury Epidemiologist
Office of Injury Surveillance
Epidemiology and Informatics Unit
Division of Public Health

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 95026, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026