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COLLEGES CALLED PARANOID ABOUT DRUG DATA

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Surveyors hired by a state board to determine drug use among Utah college students were allowed on campuses only when they agreed not to compile the findings on a school-by-school basis, said Substance Abuse Director F. Leon PoVey.

"It reflects on the universities for their level of paranoia," said Lynn Sartor, chairman of the state Division of Substance Abuse.The board had planned to have pollster Dan Jones conduct the survey primarily to determine overall drug use, but had planned to give each school a report on its own campus, PoVey told the board Thursday.

But college officials feared the public could obtain the information and they denied surveyors access, he said.

"We've had to lump all the information into a single report on statewide incidence and prevalence," he said. "All the data were dumped into one pot."

The survey results will be released next month.

"The survey serves the board well," Sartor said. "What it doesn't serve well is the particular institution's need, but they don't want to expose themselves."