Tuesday, April 5, 2011

National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Tonight a survey person came by - I had been randomly selected to complete the Department of Health and Human Services' National Survey on Drug Use and Health - again! (I was randomly selected to complete the survey last year too.)


So I spent about 45 minutes answering questions about my history of alcohol and drug use, about mental health and healthcare. It's a fairly interesting survey. Did you know there is a prescription drug called Soma, and its a relaxant? (Someone must have been a big "Brave New World" fan.) 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I, too, just got interviewed last night. I thought at first this might be a phishing scam or an intrusive government ulterior-motive to get personal info about me, but I looked up the OMB project number, found the HHS survey, and informed myself. The interviewer was excellent and explained everything well.

What was odd about the survey was they stressed the questions would cover a 30-day and a 12-month period, but as soon as I mentioned an episode of depression in my teenage years, the time limits went out the window. All the questions returned to "that time period", which for me was a fleeting part of my ancient past!

I also fear I'm not the average example of the neighborhood around me, nor for drug/alcohol/mental health problem data. I suppose it all gets analyzed and evens out. I hope my oddness doesn't skew their results.