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Sunday, August 05, 2007

National Survey On Drug Use and Health

Following up on yesterday's knock at the door, here is the scanned brochure:

Sorry that it's broken up like that, but it was too big to fit on my scanner. I'm sure the letter I received was about this, but, unfortunately, I paid it no mind. Much of the information can be found on the web site for the survey takers at

Responding to some of Greg Claxton's comments in my previous entry:

I think it's pretty crucial to respond to surveys that are studying important topics.

Point taken. I guess I'm used to some of the less crucial surveys such as: Politics and products.

... if you don't trust the survey or the survey taker in the first place.

It seemed at first she was attempting to be friendly and familiar. Usually I don't have a problem with people like that, but I was taken off guard and a little put off. In my defense, I was not expecting anything like this on a late Saturday afternoon. Would anybody? (Also, I must admit that at the time of the knock I had recently come home and was squeezing in the final episode of season 1 of The Sopranos on DVD where the FBI was busting a bunch of people before I had to leave again. So, there's that edginess.)

Regarding the hand-held device:

They get uploaded, and immediately divorced from your identifying information... a way to relieve the social pressure in reporting on potentially illegal or embarrassing activity.

Greg sounds quite knowledgeable, whereas, I've never heard of this stuff.

According to the survey FAQ (frames, so no separate link for the FAQ), it takes about an hour. And, you get $30 upon completion. Well, that's something worth considering. Also, the survey started in 1971 and you have to be at least 12 to participate. Interesting:

In order to know the percentage of people who do use these substances, we also have to know how many people do not. Therefore, the responses of people who do not use drugs are just as important as those of people who do. While some questions ask about drug knowledge and experience, other questions ask about a number of other health-related topics that are relevant for all people. A participant need not know anything about drugs to answer the questions.

After hearing Greg's thoughts and reading the brochure and web site, and if they come back, I'm more inclined to take the survey. And, well, I really could use thirty bucks.

Posted by Marie at August 5, 2007 11:52 PM


Politics and products.

Heh. Yeah, while I always urge to take surveys that sound substantively important, I also tell them to not worry about doing marketing or political surveys. I myself do everything that comes my way, just out of curiosity. Even when I don't want to spend the time on it, my curiosity gets the better of me.

You may want to reconsider my advice in light of that. :)

Posted by: greg claxton at August 6, 2007 8:48 AM