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NIDA’s Truth poll is offered to students during National Drug and Alcohol Facts Chat Day to encourage them to think about their daily challenges related to substance use in their student and family communities. The questions are the same every year, so responses can be tracked year to year.

I am too afraid to ask the school nurse about drugs.

I really don’t know how marijuana affects the teenage brain.

There are things I wish I could tell my parents but I am afraid they will judge me.

Sometimes I feel too sad to go to school.

I have a friend who held a party where there were no adults.

I don’t think marijuana is all that bad.

I know an adult who has a drinking problem.

My parents do not understand my stress.

I think teenagers are pretty smart about drugs.

I think drug users are losers.


  • When I go for a check-up, this is how my doctor treats the drug and alcohol issue: (Pick all that apply)

    1. My doctor never talks to me about drugs or alcohol. -- 50.7%
    2. My doctor asks me about my possible alcohol use, but not my drug use. -- 10.1%
    3. My doctor asks me about both. -- 30.4%
    4. The only time it comes up is when I am asked to fill out a form before my appointment. -- 7.2%
    5. The form I fill out before an appointment only asks about alcohol, not drugs. -- 1.4%