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Drug Abuse Screening Test - DAST 10

The Drug Abuse Screening Test, more commonly known as the DAST 10, can be used to screen correctional facility population for potential drug abuse.

This resource can be printed out and given to patients in reference to their potential involvement with drugs, excluding drugs and alcohol, in the last 12 month period. 

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Drug Abuse Screening Test - DAST 10

These questions refer to the past 12 months.  No Yes
1.    Have you used drugs other than those required for medical reasons?  0 1
2.    Do you abuse more than one drug at a time?  0 1
3.    Are you always able to stop using drugs when you want to? (If never use drugs, answer “Yes.” 0 1
4.   Have you had "blackouts" or "flashbacks" as a result of drug use?  0 1
5.   Do you ever feel bad or guilty about your drug use? If never use drugs, choose “No.”  0 1
6.   Does your spouse (or parents) ever complain about your involvement with drugs?  0 1
7.    Have you neglected your family because of your use of drugs?  0 1
8.    Have you engaged in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs?  0 1
9.   Have you ever experienced withdrawal symptoms (felt sick) when you stopped taking drugs?  0 1
10. Have you had medical problems as a result of your drug use (e.g., memory loss, hepatitis, convulsions, bleeding, etc.)?  0 1

The list of questions concerning information about your potential involvement with drugs, excluding alcohol and tobacco, during the past 12 months.

When the words “drug abuse” are used, they mean the use of prescribed or over‐the‐counter medications/drugs in excess of the directions and any non‐medical use of drugs. The various classes of drugs may include: cannabis (e.g., marijuana, hash), 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 alcohol or tobacco.

If you have difficulty with a statement, then choose the response that is mostly right. You may choose to answer or not answer any of the questions in this section.

Interpreting the DAST 10

In these statements, the term "drug abuse" refers to the use of medications at a level that exceeds the instructions, and/or any non‐medical use of drugs. Patients receive 1 point for every "yes" answer with the exception of question #3, for which a "no" answer receives 1 point. DAST‐10 Score Degree of Problems Related to Drug Abuse Suggested Action

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


Moderate level Further Investigation
6-8 Substantial level Intensive Assessment
9-10 Severe level Intensive Assessment

Skinner, H. A. (1982). The Drug Abuse Screening Test. Addictive Behavior, 7(4),363–371.

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