Over the past two decades, there has been a three-fold increase in opioid prescriptions and a major increase in stimulant prescriptions given out by pharmacies nationally. This means people are more likely to know someone with a prescription for these drugs, or are more likely to have them in their home. Lifetime misuse and past year misuse are two indicators of how many persons in our community may already be at an increased risk of addiction.
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.