Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A NewsChannel 9 viewer received a letter in the mail from the US Public Health Service inviting her to take part in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. And she wants to know whether the questionnaire is a scam or The Real Deal.
The answer is: it is.
The agency is calling people at random and asking them to take part in the survey, which is held annually to collect data on the use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit drugs, and mental health.
The data collected from about 70,000 randomly selected respondents is used to track trends, assess consequences of substance abuse, and identify groups at high risk for use and abuse.
The interview is conducted with a representative from the agency who visits the respondent’s home. It takes about an hour to complete. Respondents can submit their answers on a computer and they’re completely confidential.
Upon completion, each respondent is paid $30.
The participant doesn’t need to drink, smoke, or use drugs. In order to determine the percentage of people who use the substances, the agency is also trying to determine how many people do not.
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