Health and Family Services Cabinet
Kentucky to Take Part in National Drug Use Survey
A federal agency that monitors substance abuse and prevention will conduct a survey in Kentucky and other states over the course of 2011 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.
“It’s important for us to understand as much as possible about the nature and prevalence of substance abuse in our society,” said William Hacker, M.D., commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “This survey is incredibly useful in helping gather that kind of information. 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 home. The survey contains questions on physical and mental health and other topics associated with substance use and treatment.
“Substance abuse can affect physical health, mental health and the well- being of our entire community,” said Stephen Hall, commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. “This survey is a valuable tool in measuring the prevalence, specific consequences and patterns of drug use and abuse in Kentucky. The results of the survey will help us to be more effective in formulating policy and allocating resources to better the lives of everyone in Kentucky.”
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.