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DAST (Drug Abuse Screening Test)

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1.     Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons?


Yes

No

2.     Have you abused prescription drugs?


Yes

No

3.     Do you abuse more than one drug at a time?


Yes

No

4.     Can you get through the week without using drugs (other than those required for medical reasons)?


Yes

No

5.     Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to?


Yes

No

6.     Do you abuse drugs on a continuous basis?


Yes

No

7.     Do you try to limit your drug use to certain situations?


Yes

No

8.     Have you had "blackouts" or "flashbacks" as a result of drug use?


Yes

No

9.     Do you ever feel bad about your drug abuse?


Yes

No

10.   Does your spouse (or parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?


Yes

No

11.   Do your friends or relatives know or suspect you abuse drugs?


Yes

No

12.   Has drug abuse ever created problems between you and your spouse?


Yes

No

13.   Has any family member ever sought help for problems related to your drug use?


Yes

No

14.   Have you ever lost friends because of your use of drugs?


Yes

No

15.   Have you ever neglected your family or missed work because of your use of drugs?


Yes

No

16.   Have you ever been in trouble at work because of drug abuse?


Yes

No

17.   Have you ever lost a job because of drug abuse?


Yes

No

18.   Have you gotten into fights when under the influence of drugs?


Yes

No

19.   Have you ever been arrested because of unusual behavior while under the influence of drugs?


Yes

No

20.   Have you ever been arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs?


Yes

No

21.   Have you engaged in illegal activities to obtain drugs?


Yes

No

22.   Have you ever been arrested for possession of illegal drugs?


Yes

No

23.   Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms as a result of heavy drug intake?


Yes

No

24.   Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (e.g., memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, or bleeding)?


Yes

No

25.   Have you ever gone to anyone for help for a drug problem?


Yes

No

26.   Have you ever been in hospital for medical problems related to your drug use?


Yes

No

27.   Have you ever been involved in a treatment program specifically related to drug use?


Yes

No

28.   Have you been treated as an outpatient for problems related to drug abuse?


Yes

No



Scoring: Each item in bold = 1 point
6 or more = substance use problem (abuse or dependence)



Reference: Gavin DR; Ross HE; Skinner HA. Diagnostic validity of the Drug Abuse Screening Test in the assessment of DSM-III drug disorders. British Journal of Addiction 84(3): 301-307, 1989. (23 refs.)


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December 2010