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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 think drug users are cool.

I think marijuana is good for you because it’s a natural herb from a plant.

If I thought I needed drug treatment, I would know who to contact.

I have been to parties where parents serve alcohol to kids.

I know someone who started smoking and wishes he could quit.

I have had someone offer me a prescription painkiller when I had no pain.

I have friends who try to talk me into smoking marijuana.

I have tried to help a friend stop using drugs.

I think teachers do a good job of explaining the dangers of drugs.


  • 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%