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Sexual Development


Drug Abuse Screening Test

Aka: Drug Abuse Screening Test, DAS-10
  1. See Also
    1. Single-Question Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAS-1)
    2. Alcoholism Screening
    3. Substance Abuse Evaluation
  2. Indications
    1. Suspected Drug Abuse or Drug Dependence
    2. Positive Single-Question Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAS-1)
  3. Criteria: Ten yes-or-no questions
    1. Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons?
    2. Do you use more than one drug at a time?
    3. Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to?
    4. Have you ever had blackouts or flashbacks as a result of drug use?
    5. Do you feel bad or guilty about your drug use?
    6. Do your spouse (or parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?
    7. Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs?
    8. Have you engaged in illegal activities to obtain drugs?
    9. Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?
    10. Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (e.g. Memory Loss, hepatitis, Convulsions or bleeding)?
  4. Scoring
    1. Assign 1 point for a "NO" answer to the third question (" to stop using drugs")
    2. Assign 1 point for all other "YES" answers
  5. Interpretation
    1. Score: 0
      1. Low risk
    2. Score 1-3
      1. Moderate risk
    3. Score >3
      1. Substance Abuse or dependence
  6. Efficacy
    1. Test Sensitivity: 90-100%
    2. Test Specificity: 77%
  7. References
    1. Gavin (1989) Br J Addict 84(3): 301-7 [PubMed]
    2. Skinner (1982) Addict Behav 7(4): 363-71 [PubMed]
    3. Yudko (2007) J Subst Abuse Treat 32(2): 189-98 [PubMed]

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