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The Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) is one of the most widely used screening tests for drug abuse and addiction.

The following questions refer to the past 12 months. Carefully read each statement and decide whether your answer is yes or no. Please give the best answer or the answer that is right most of the time.

1. Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons? Yes / No

2. Have you abused prescription drugs? Yes / No

3. Do you abuse more than one drug at a time? Yes / No

4. Can you get through the week without using drugs? Yes / No

5. Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to? Yes / No

6. Have you had "blackouts" or "flashbacks" as a result of drug use? Yes / No

7. Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use? Yes / No

8. Does your spouse (or parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs? Yes / No

9. Has drug abuse created problems between you and your spouse or your parents? Yes / No

10. Have you lost friends because of your use of drugs? Yes / No

11. Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs? Yes / No

12. Have you been in trouble at work because of your use of drugs? Yes / No

13. Have you lost a job because of drug abuse? Yes / No

14. Have you gotten into fights when under the influence of drugs? Yes / No

15. Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs? Yes / No

16. Have you been arrested for possession of illegal drugs? Yes / No

17. Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs? Yes / No

18. Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (e.g., memory
loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding, etc.)? Yes / No

19. Have you gone to anyone for help for a drug problem? Yes / No

20. Have you been involved in a treatment program especially related to drug use? Yes / No

This quiz is scored by allocating 1 point to each 'yes' answer -- except for questions 4 and 5, where 1 point is allocated for each 'no' answer, then total the responses.
Screening test scoring ranges:
• 0 None Reported
• 1-5 Low Level
• 6-10 Moderate Level
• 11-15 Substantial Level
• 16-20 Severe Level

*This test is meant to be used as a starting point, not as a diagnosis tool. This score is not intended as a mental disorder diagnosis, or as any type of healthcare recommendation.