T011 Average Age of First Misuse - Illicit Drugs

The age of a person using various illicit drugs for the first time reveals how available the drug is in the community.  The more socially accepted the drug, the more available it becomes and thus more available at younger ages.  

Data Sources

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.