More deaths result from substance use than from any other preventable health condition. Premature deaths are a commonly-cited measure of the harm from substance use. Deaths related to use may be the result of disease associated with chronic use or misuse, of disease from high risk behavior resulting in exposure to infectious agents, or of unintentional injury associated with alcohol or drug use, such as driving or boating under the influence.
Interviews of jail inmates and self-reporting surveys of Drug Court participants, Probationers and persons enrolled in substance abuse treatment at The Recovery Center, Fairfield County ADAMH Board. The jail interviews were completed with staff from The Recovery Center. The Center for State Courts provided analysis of the data as part of the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Grant received by the Fairfield County ADAMH Board, 2013-2016.
The Criminal Justice sample consisted of jail inmates, drug court participants and probationers in Fairfield County. The SA Treatment sample consisted of individuals enrolled in substance abuse treatment at The Recovery Center.