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Drug Abuse Screening Test

The Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST) is a self-report measure designed to detect lifetime adult drug abuse or dependence across a range of substances other than alcohol. It has been widely used in clinical and nonclinical settings by both professional and non-professional personnel. The items cover drug-related problems (e.g., Item 15: Have you ever neglected your family or missed work because of your use of drugs?), diminished control over drug use (e.g., Item 6: Do you use drugs on a continuous basis?), and symptoms of tolerance and physical withdrawal from drug dependence (e.g., Item 23: Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms as a result of heavy drug intake?). The total score serves as a lifetime measure of drug use problem severity.

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