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I have been identified by the US. Department of Health and Human Services

I received a letter over a month ago from the US Department Health and Human Services (DHHS). They were very excited to announce that my household had been selected to conduct a National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Here is the letter:
(I have leaflets and other information that accompanied this )

The letter said 200,000 interviewed and the leaflet says 70,000.

It further explains that this is the Federal Governments primary source of national data on the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit substances.

The survey also contains questions on health and illegal behaviors and other topics associated with substance use.

According to the letter approximately 70,000 individuals, 12 years old and older, will be randomly selected and asked to voluntarily participate.

Included was the name of an organization named RTI that had been contracted to solicit this information from me. They were going to come to my house and ask me or my family members some questions. In return, they would pay each person that participated $30.00 "CASH" for their time.

Yes you heard me right, they want to send a stranger unknown to me, come to my house, sit down with my kids and ask them behavioral questions. In return, they have bribed us with $30.00 each of your money to do this. The whole idea creeps me out!


2 weeks ago I was cleaning my garage when a vehicle pulled into my driveway and a female with a company credential pinned to her chest that said RTI got out of her car and approached me. She said "Sir, may I speak to you for a moment?" I politely said "how may I help you"?

She went through a well rehearsed little script on who she was, why she was here and that the questions were completely confidential. She also said that she wanted to know how many people lived in my household, how many were children and what were their ages?

I immediately told her to please leave and that I had no interest in participating.

She then offered to pay cash for each person she spoke with and preceded her attempt to convince me how this information was extremely helpful to the Federal Government.

I again told her not to try to convince me and that I am 100% sure I did not want to participate so its time to say "goodbye" Incredibly she attempted yet another tactic on me. She said, "I know how you feel, I'm like you"....

I said, you have know idea what your talking about. You have no idea what I'm like!

She then said "I'll just put on my sheet you didn't want to talk. Then said "I'm anti-government too...

I responded and said I never told you I was ant-government and I would like you to please leave! I couldn't believe the gull of this person to come here and interrogate me in my driveway.


I then received a second letter in the mail last week. It went into the fact that someone had stopped by and that they were unable to gather the information they were sent to collect. It requested I call an 800 number whereas they would further explain the importance of the survey. Then it stated that they would be sending someone back out again soon.


This morning my doorbell rings and when I answer there is another lady at the door with the same credential as the first lady. She begins her introduction and I interrupted and said "I know who you are" As I told the first lady I did not want to participate. Then she actually leaned into my door and said " If you have any children, I can just ask them a few questions" ...

I slammed the door nearly hitting her in the face with it.

Do you find this a little odd? The persistence or shall I say " insistence" to speak with my children? or the fact that they have $2.1 million dollars in cash of your tax money at their disposal to use as bribe money?

WTF? Something is very wrong with this picture in a day of super surveillance and a looming fiscal crisis.

What do you think?


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I notice more and more that public officials are becoming a vanguard class (in their own minds). I continue to have the Fish and Wildlife Office (Feds or State, I dunno) call me with some fishing and hunting questions. I politely say 'no thank you, but they continue on like it is my civic duty to divulge personal information. I finally end up hanging up on them because they do not except 'no' for an answer. Then they call back after a couple of months.

Bizarro World.

If it were me, I'd totally

If it were me, I'd totally reply and tell them I'm hooked on smack, heroin, coke, crank and especially marijuana.

I read this exact same post

I read this exact same post several months ago (more than 2, more like 6+). When did this happen exactly? Just curious.

Good memory, poor reading skills

This appears to BE that post. The date on the OP is Nov. 2012.

Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...

OP, did you receive a phone

OP, did you receive a phone call previous to receiving the material in the mail? I got contacted by people from the CDC doing a phone survey on child hood immunizations and thought about this post (but couldn't remember when it was posted or the title)

Southern Agrarian

all I can say is "wow"--

It's becoming frightening how many people simply don't think anymore--

and when they run into someone who does . . . do they feel threatened or can they just not comprehend it?


It IS scary. I'm sorry this has happened to you, and I'm watching my own back right now. Special needs kids and homeschooling does that to you--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Find out

What your States laws are on unwanted door front solicitations are. In Washington St. All one needs do is put up a " no solicitors " sign in plain sight by the front door, when one knocks, simply point to it, if they don't leave you can have them arrested.
If they say they aren't solicitors, I ask what they want, when they ask their first question I merely illuminate them upon the term " solicitation, to ask, or to seek, to sell, or buy ", then I point to the sign and close the door in their face.

Your story is creepy, God Bless.


Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

3 thoughts

1st- some company lobbied the government sociopaths to do this, and probably gets $100 for each survey completed. Your refusal saved the tax payer $100.

2nd- you've been targeted for harassment based on something you do that somebody doesn't like.

3rd- put up a sign saying you'll pay kids $20 to hang around and lie about their meth habits. You'll need a few hundred of course.

They are not the only ones snooping

To all you parents out there with children 12 years and up, Do Not leave them alone in the MD's office.

Took my 17.5 year old (autistic granddaughter) for her physical yesterday. They were more interested in whether she was having sex than doing an exam. It was like they could not believe there was a 17 year old that did not have a boyfriend, and had never kissed a boy. Every time she answered no the MD would rephrase it.

Thank God I prepared her for this before we went. Also told her they would ask if she would be more comfortable if her grandmother left the room. Gotta love kids that are aspergers. They just come out and say exactly what they think.

When the MD asked if me leaving the room would make her more comfortable, she said "Actually I will feel a lot more comfortable if you stopped asking me personal questions that are not your business"

I thought I would faint! Guess what the MD said to her? Well I can see your a lot like your grandmother. He actually started laughing.

Then she told him he couldn't look at her breasts, or private areas.

We both agreed her next visit should be with his female Nurse Practitioner.

I am so glad my kid is no longer in the public school system. These people have absolutely no respect for parental rights.


I'm old enough to be a grandparent to our special needs child of the same age--

this is mind-blowing. I feel that I fend off attacks all the time--

and trying to figure out how to protect them for the future (the special needs children)--

trying to guess everything that can happen--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Got a letter that the CDC

is conducting interviews with teens 15-19 to discuss sexual habits, beliefs, values, social norms, etc. Participation is voluntary and we should expect a visit within the next two weeks.

Interview will be on a laptop with HEADPHONES...guess they don't want the parents listening in.

If parent or child says "no" then interviewer will leave.

Hopefully I can save them the trip via telephone call...Do not even bother, my kid's beliefs are none of your business...

Anyone else get this little gem in the mail?

(A little research reveals that 9.2 million dollars was awarded by the CDC to IFC International to conduct these surveys. Another colossal waste of money.)

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

I had a similar incident with census takers...

2 yrs ago.For several mths,census takers continually tried to contact me.They finally caught me at home.I was being extremely blunt in letting her know I did not want to participate.She was being extremely rude,trying to get into my house to interview me.I finally agreed to sit on the front porch with her & refused to answer most of her questions.She was getting quite intrusive with her line of questioning,for just being a census interview.

They think they are providing some social service.

If the government only knew more about you they'd be able to serve you better with your money.

I think you are right....

That seems VERY creepy.And I'll wager you haven't heard the last of those pricks.

Said this before...doin' it again...

Given the persistance of this person, I would keep an eye out for "DirecTV" vans or something, installing anything on the poles near your house. It could be a remote camera to watch you, it could be electronic surveylance of your cable TV, your phone, your electric meter...even a directional listening antenna to hear your private conversations in your own living room! I wonder what you've done to get on this "list"? Keep your eyes open, Dex...I'd say Big Brother is moving to your town.

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

Jacksonian's picture

Totally whacked out

Where do they find people who are willing to be intruders like that and how do they train them to be like that without feeling inappropriate and intrusive?!


I would gladly participate. I would simply ask that some federal and state official with the appropriate authority grant me blanket immunity for any crimes that I may have commited back to and including the kennedy asassination.

Then I would be glad to answer any questions that they had. So yes, I would be happy to co-operate. But on my terms, not theres.

DO not respond

To this or any community survey that asks such questions.

Jane Aitken, 35-Year Veteran Teacher
Ron Paul 2008 Consultant
GOP Woman of the Year 2009
Founder NH Tea Party Coalition (NOT AFFILIATED WITH ANY FAKE 2009 GROUP)
Founder USPEINetwork @ Yahoo (Nat'l Edu Activism Group)
Board Coalition of NH Taxpayers

Just say NO

And they even made up the slogan

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Had the same thing happen here in Ohio

Several years ago we had about the exact same experience here. But at that time they were only offering $20.00 if memory serves me right. But pretty much the same smooth talking and an offer that "my neighboors had participated and I could check with them if I like.
I heard that first question about how many people live here and said hit the road. Not interested in "helping" the effort.


30.00 now to account for inflation


For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Cyril's picture

They'll try bribes at 40 bucks this coming next year, then.

They'll try bribes at 40 bucks this coming next year, then.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius


is out of control.

Here is the link about the survey from the RTI website:


This page has link showing all the government agencies that use the data. They PROMISE to keep it CONFIDENTIAL....right.....!

People should be alerted to the dangers of this. Spread the word in your local community. Thanks for posting!

Ann in Florida

"Confidentiality" of census information didn't stop FDR

from using it to send Japanese-Americans to concentration camps.


For sure...

Thanks for the link and info for us to see who's behind this crap

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

Here is a great video...

Here is the great video on how the British get rid of nosey tv license people. Good for a laugh. I love the accent and how he tells them to "bug off" Some of these techniques should work on anyone that comes to your door.



Speak English English

you scummy git!?...

Linda Cross's picture

Another company with their fingers in the world's cookie jar

RTI website: http://www.rti.org/

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.