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DAST - 10

Drug Abuse Screening Test - Short Form

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Drug Use Questionnaire                              

The questions included in the DAST-10 concern information about possible involvement with drugs not  including alcoholic beverages during the past 1 2 months.

In the statements, ''drug abuse.'' refers to

(1) the use of prescribed or over the counter drugs in excess of the
directions and

(2) any non-medical use of drugs. The various classes of drugs may include: cannabis (marijuana, hashish), solvents, tranquilizers (e.g. Valium), barbiturates, cocaine, stimulants (e.g. speed), hallucinogens (e.g. LSD) or
narcotics (e.g. heroin). Remember that the questions do not include alcoholic beverages.


NO Question SCORE

Have yo had medical problems as a result of your drug use
(e.g. memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding, etc.)?


Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?


Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs?


Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?


Does your spouse (or parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?


Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use?


Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to?


Have you had "blackouts'' or ''flashbacks" as a result of drug use?


Do you abuse more than one drug at a time?


Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons?


DAST- 1 0 Degree of Problems Related to Drug Abuse

DAST- 10 Score

Degree of Problems Related to Drug Abuse

Suggested Action
0 No problems reported  None at this time
1 - 2 Low Level

monitor, re-assess at a later date

3 - 5

Moderate Level further investigation 
6 - 8 Substantial Level intensive assessment 
9 - 10 Severe Level intensive assessment 




For the DAST-10, score I point for each question answered ''yes,'' except for Question 3 for which a ''no'' receives 1 point
1982 by the Addiction Research Foundation. Author: Harvey A. Skinner Ph.D.

* * * * * * If an applicant/recipient meets the criteria for a positive screen (a score of 8 or more) on the AUDIT and/orthe moderate level for the DAST-10, refer to the Qualified Substance Abuse Professional.

DSS-8218 (Revised 04-04)
Family Support and Child Welfare