Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among young people, and there may be serious implications from this early use. Moreover, wide-spread binge drinking among college students has been called the most serious public health problem on college campuses. Marijuana is the most commonly used and abused illicit drug in the U.S., particularly among adolescents and young adults. The level of THC content in marijuana after cultivation can range from less than 1% to more than 30% and has been increasing dramatically, making marijuana increasingly potent and more addictive. Recent statistics from the National Institute of Drug Abuse show that 1 out of 15 people who take prescription painkillers for recreational use will try heroin within 10 years.(1) Stimulants, Sleep medication and Sedatives are other commonly prescribed medicines that can be addictive and abused. 30-day misuse is just one indicator of how many persons in our community are at risk for addiction.
(1) National Institute on Drug Abuse. Abuse of Prescription Pain Medications Risks Heroin Use. Updated March 2014. Accessed March 23, 2014 at http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/abuse-prescription-pain-medications-risks-heroin-use)
The Young Adult Survey, Fairfield County ADAMH Board & Fairfield County Family, Adult & Children First Council. The 2012, 2013 and 2014 surveys were completed by the Young Adult Prevention Initiative (YAPI) Coalition as part of the Ohio Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG). The Fairfield County ADAMH Board analyzed the data for each survey.
A Young Adult Survey focusing on prescription drug abuse was conducted in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The 2012 and 2013 surveys were completed by persons 18 to 25 years old in Lancaster, Pickerington and at Ohio University-Lancaster/Pickerington. The 2014 survey included only Lancaster and OU-L/P.