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

I have tried to help a friend stop using drugs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think drug users are cool.

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. The only time it comes up is when I am asked to fill out a form before my appointment. -- 8.91%
    2. My doctor never talks to me about drugs or alcohol. -- 34.65%
    3. My doctor asks me about both. -- 47.52%
    4. My doctor asks me about my possible alcohol use, but not my drug use. -- 8.91%
  • If doctors were to ask teens about their possible drug and alcohol use, this is how I think most teens would respond: (Pick all that apply)

    1. They would be willing to tell the truth about alcohol, but not drugs. -- 4.00%
    2. They will tell the truth because most teens trust their doctor. -- 4.00%
    3. Doctors hardly ever ask about my possible drug or alcohol use. -- 22.00%
    4. Teens won't tell their doctor the truth because they are afraid he/he will tell their parents. -- 70.00%
  • If I needed information about the effects of drugs on the body and brain: (Pick all that apply)

    1. I would look on the Internet. -- 47.00%
    2. I would ask my doctor. -- 33.00%
    3. I would ask an older friend, brother, or sister. -- 7.00%
    4. I would ask a school counselor. -- 13.00%
  • What’s the best way for a doctor to talk to their teen patients about drug use? (Pick all that apply)

    1. The doctor should ask teens about their personal experiences with drugs. -- 44.44%
    2. The doctor should focus only on the health effects of drugs. -- 33.33%
    3. The doctor should keep it general and not ask teens about their own use. -- 22.22%