Student access to alcohol and other drugs is a significant environmental risk factor both at school and in the community. Greater access to alcohol and drugs increases the chances of use. In most cases, it is much easier to go to a doctor and obtain a prescription for Xanax than searching for a reliable street dealer to provide the same drug. Many controlled substances are available through a doctor’s notepad and a trip to the pharmacy or from other people’s medicine cabinets. In fact, this ease of access gives users a false sense of security. If a drug is that easy to obtain, it seems as if it is less harmful. This false notion often leads to abuse and eventually overdose.1
Fairfield County biennial Youth Behavior Surveys, 2004–2014, Fairfield County Family, Adult & Children First Council & Fairfield County ADAMH Board. From 2004 – 2010, Fairfield County ADAMH Board analyzed the survey data. The survey analysis in 2012 & 2014 was conducted by the Ohio University Voinovich Center in partnership with the Fairfield County Family, Adult and Children First Council and Prevention Works for a Drug Free Fairfield County.
The Fairfield County Youth Behavior Survey has been conducted every two years since 2004. Students in grades 10 and 12 participated each time. The results of the surveys provide a benchmark for alcohol, tobacco and other drug use as well as an indication of negative and problematic behavior among our youth. These behaviors are self-reported.