National HIDTA Assistance Center

High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Program

National Emerging Threats Initiative (NETI)

Mission Statement

Providing clear and concise insights to the HIDTA program, ONDCP, and other critical stakeholders through the systematic analysis of current and emerging drug threat trends.

Vision Statement

Facilitating Insight-driven action to reduce the drug threat nationwide.

Initiative Purpose

Today’s illicit drug landscape is more complex than ever before, rapidly evolving due to shifts in drug use patterns, supply-side catalysts, and a proliferation of new drug variants. To understand the trajectory of these complexities and develop strategies to mitigate the resulting increased harm experienced in our Nation’s communities, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) Program funds the National Emerging Threats Initiative (NETI). NETI supports a coordinated HIDTA strategy for emerging drug-related threats. NETI is a poly-drug national trends, intelligence, and best practices-sharing initiative that addresses all aspects of the illegal drug supply, including the diversion of legal drugs. The initiative identifies rising drug risks and patterns. NETI responds to emerging threats by promoting cooperation among public safety and public health officials, regulators, treatment providers, and entities supplying education and prevention services.

Initiative Structure

NETI is a dedicated team of experts that collect and analyze data and produce insights and products that guide policymakers and operationalize policy actions to respond to current and emerging drug threats. The team is arrayed to disseminate and communicate information quickly and relevantly. As such, annually, NETI generates products and presents briefs and presentations that enable the 33 HIDTA regions and partners to understand, meet, evolve with, and overcome these threats.

NETI supports the HIDTAs, and a range of Federal, state, local, national HIDTA initiatives and non-governmental partners. NETI routinely coordinates with, accepts data from, and disseminates products to a range of partners across the United States. This network of partners makes NETI invaluable to other agencies and connects partner agencies to ONDCP and the HIDTA regions. NETI’s key partners have included many Federal and state agencies. NETI will continue to work with regional HIDTAs, law enforcement, public health, harm reduction, treatment, and other entities to develop measures and establish an innovative methodology to analyze and identify emerging trends.