Biennial Alcoholic and Drug Use Survey for the Department of Education:



Thank you for your participation!  Here are the answers to the survey items:

  1. “Speed balling” (using both heroin and cocaine together) increases the risk of overdose because the cocaine makes the body use more oxygen and the heroin lowers the breathing rate.   TRUE

  2. Tolerance can decrease rapidly when a person takes a break from a drug.  TRUE

  3. The content and purity of street drugs is predictable.  FALSE

  4. Using drugs by yourself doesn’t increase the risk of overdose, but it increases the risk of dying if someone does OD, because there is no one there to seek help.  FALSE

  5. Older people and people with a longer drug history are less likely to die of a drug overdose. FALSE

  6. The methods of drug administration that get the drugs to the brain more quickly, delivering that desired rush, such as shooting or smoking are more dangerous.  TRUE

  7. Previous non-fatal overdoses are a red flag that an individual is at risk for an overdose.  TRUE

  8. Harm reductionists argue that even if people engage in activities we don’t necessarily approve of, the object should be to reduce the harms of those activities, both for the people who engage in them and for the community at large.  TRUE

  9. Harm reduction for opioid use includes providing clean needles and supervised injection sites.  TRUE

  10. Mixing drugs is dangerous.  The more alcohol and “downers” (like Benzodiazepine’s) the less likely you are to overdose if you take opioids too.  FALSE