Past drug use
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The best resource is [this link](https://www.reddit.com/r/SecurityClearance/wiki/index/drug_use) which the bot posted below. If you are planning on taking prescription drugs that have not been prescribed to you, then yes, your chances of getting a clearance are massively diminished for next year.
The most important thing to consider is mitigation of risks. Read through the link posted above and if you haven't already, start making changes to mitigate the concerns around drug usage. The adjudicator is going to use those exact mitigating factors when they are doing your interview, so if getting a clearance and working cleared jobs is something you are serious about, make changes now. If you want to apply for a clearance in the next year, it is essential that you don't use illegal drugs starting today.
The adjudicator will use the whole person model, and just because you have drug usage in your past does not mean you can't hold a clearance. I have used drugs, including ones you have listed, and I have a fully adjudicated TS/SCI. But the key part is to actually read about the process and the mitigating factors that will be considered. Good luck!
There's one big question you need to answer before you can answer this yourself:
Do you intend to take a poly? If no, then I'm not telling you to actually lie, but...
If yes, then of course you should never lie.
Keep in mind a poly isn't required for a Top Secret clearance. It's a specialized, 'add-on' to a clearance (someone more official can use the actual phrase).