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, 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, who participate in the survey at no charge and choose which grades between seven and 12 they wish to survey. Students respond anonymously and on a voluntary basis, following a protocol approved by the Wright State University Institutional Review Board.

In early 2014, 9,653 students from 15 Miami Valley area schools provided usable data. The majority of the sample was white, 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) 775-1466.

2014 Data Tables (PDFs)

Summary of Findings


  • 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

Last edited on 08/26/2016.