Health and Family Services Cabinet

A federal agency that monitors substance abuse and prevention will conduct a survey in Kentucky and other states over the course of 2010 to gather information on the prevalence of drug use in American society.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has contracted with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) to conduct the national survey and will be contacting an estimated 200,000 households in 50 states. Participants will receive a $30 cash incentive to participate.

“In order to combat drug abuse and its consequences, we must first obtain a full portrait of how it is affecting our country. Not only is this legitimate – but it also is an extremely valuable survey,” said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of the Department for Public Health. “It is very important that members of the public contacted about this survey respond accordingly.”

Letters will be sent to households in every state and the District of Columbia, explaining the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and informing citizens that a professional field interviewer will soon visit their household. The survey contains questions on physical and mental health and other topics associated with substance use and treatment.

“Substance abuse is one of the biggest threats to not only the physical health of our country, but also our mental health as well,” said Stephen Hall, commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. “Once the SAMHSA survey is complete, we’ll have a broader understanding of the scope of the problem, how it is affecting people’s lives and how and where to direct public policy and resources.”

The NSDUH takes about an hour and will be conducted in the privacy of the participant’s home using a computerized questionnaire. Both SAMHSA and RTI assure complete confidentiality of all responses. The survey is designed so that responses to all potentially sensitive questions are private. 

Information about the NSDUH, SAMHSA and RTI can be found at nsduhweb.rti.org, www.samhsa.gov and www.rti.org. State level estimates of substance use can be found at oas.samhsa.gov/states.htm

Kentucky to Take Part in National Drug Use Survey

Press Release Date:
Thursday, January 28, 2010

Contact Information:
Gwenda Bond or Beth Fisher, (502) 564-6786, ext. 3325 and 4012

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