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Substance Use

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Prescription Medication Misuse
A person's stated observation of how often in the past year they used medications, from identified opiate pain relievers, sedatives, stimulants or sleeping medications, just for the feeling, to get high, or more often or in larger doses than prescribed, using a 5 point Likert scale.
TAPS Tool: In the PAST 12 MONTHS, how often have you used any prescription medications just for the feeling, more than prescribed or that were not prescribed for you? Prescription medications that may be used this way include: Opiate pain relievers (for example, OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, Methadone) Medications for anxiety or sleeping (for example, Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin) Medications for ADHD (for example, Adderall or Ritalin).

Value:
1. Daily or almost daily (displayed as "0"): a subjective response that something happens daily or almost daily
2. Weekly (displayed as "1"): Every week
3. Monthly (displayed as "2"): Every month
4. Less than Monthly (displayed as "3"): An event that occurs less frequently than once a month
5. Never (displayed as "4"): Not ever, at no time in the past (or future).

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