Understanding where young people typically obtain prescription drugs in our community can direct efforts in reducing access to drugs. National figures show more than half (54.2%) of prescription drugs used illicitly are obtained for free from friends or family.1 Some individuals who have legitimate prescriptions sell or give away their drugs. Young people also acquire prescription drugs by stealing them from relatives and other individuals with legitimate prescriptions or from school medicine dispensaries.
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.