A quick survey could provide a wealth of information for groups trying to combat prescription drug abuse.
The Carter County Substance Abuse Committee is trying to get as many people to answer a questionnaire as possible, as part of an ongoing effort to document substance abuse trends by state agencies. Lisa Jackson, a Partnerships for Success Coordinator at Wichita Mountains Prevention Network, said the surveys are available until May 31.
“They’re doing this survey over the entire state but we’re specific to Carter County,” Jackson said.
The anonymous survey takes about five minutes and asks questions about the participants’ opinions and habits as well as their knowledge about prescription drug laws. Participants can enter an optional drawing to win a $250 gift card once the survey has been
completed. The survey is for people age 18 and older.
The more responses they can gather, the more complete and viable the results will be. The group has been trying to collect responses for months now but has hit road blocks.
“We actually started back in the fall,” Jackson said. “We didn’t receive enough participation so we brought it back.”
The committee passed out flyers at Taste of Ardmore and plans to survey people at the Ardmore Public Library, but they still have their work cut out for them. They’re aiming for 400 responses. Currently, they have about 150. Even people whose day-to-day lives have nothing to do with prescription drugs should take the survey.
“This way we’ll have a good overall picture of every person so it’s (reflective) of the whole county,” Jackson said.
The survey is online at www.research.net/r/OKcommunity. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Center for Abuse Prevention are funding the survey.