Center for Interventions, Treatment, and Addictions Research (CITAR)

Dayton Area Drug Survey

DADS is a biennial, cross-sectional study that provides estimates of non-medical drug use by school-aged teenagers in the Dayton, Ohio, area. First administered in 1990, under the direction of Russel Falck, associate professor emeritus, the DADS is a collaborative effort between the Center for Interventions, Treatment & Addictions Research at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and area school districts. Districts participate in the DADS at no charge and choose which grades between seven and 12 to survey. Students respond anonymously and on a voluntary basis following a protocol approved by the WSU Institutional Review Board.

In early 2012, 15,734 students from 16 Miami Valley area school districts provided usable data. The majority of the sample was white (about 82 percent) and the sample was nearly evenly split between boys and girls. For more information on DADS, call the Boonshoft School of Medicine's Center for Interventions, Treatment & Addictions Research at (937) 775-2066.

Summary of Findings

News Release: “2012 Dayton Area Drug Survey finds decrease in many types of drug use”

2012 Data Tables (PDFs)


  • Falck RS, Nahhas RW, Li L, Carlson RG. (2012) Surveying teens in school to assess the prevalence of problematic drug use. J Sch Health, 82: 217-224.  [Abstract]
  • Falck, R., Li, L., Carlson, R., Wang, J. (2006) The prevalence of dextromethorphan abuse among high school students. Pediatrics, 118: 2267-2269 (Letter to the Editor). [Full text]
  • Falck, R.S., Siegal, H.A., Wang, J., Carlson, R.G. (1999). Differences in drug use among rural and suburban high school students in Ohio. Substance Use & Misuse, 34; 4-5: 567-577. [Abstract]
  • Falck, R.S., Wang, J., Carlson, R.G., Siegal, H.A. (2002). Variability in drug use prevalence across school districts in the same locale in Ohio. Journal of School Health, 72 (7): 288-293. [Abstract]

Staff contact information

Robert G. Carlson, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator (
Raminta Daniulaityte, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator (

Last edited on 01/30/2015.