YA008 Lifetime Misuse - Prescription Drugs

Over the past two decades, there has been a three-fold increase in opioid prescriptions and a major increasein 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 is just one indicator of how many persons in our community may already be at an increased risk of addiction.

Data Sources

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.