Tour de Cause is July 13 & 14


The Lancaster Cause (TLC) is a nonprofit organization committed to making Lancaster and Fairfield County a better place in which to live. TLC will respond to community-wide needs by raising awareness, organizing fundraising events, and donating to the cause. Our current goal is to eliminate the harmful effects of heroin and opiate addiction in our community.

Local Issues:
  • According to the Ohio Department of Health, drug overdoses claimed 1,458 lives in 2008. This exceeded automobile deaths and was the number one cause of accidental death in OhioHeroin use among adolescents and young adults starts with the abuse of prescription opiates like Oxycontin and Vicodin. The 2008 Fairfield County Youth Survey reveals that 23% of all 12th graders had used someone else’s prescription drug at some point in their life and that 7% of seniors had used illegal prescription drugs within the past month
  • Nationally, more teens say that prescription drugs are easier to buy than beer (19% vs. 15%)
  • Between 2002 and 2008 there was a 775% increase in the number of persons seeking treatment for heroin and opiate addiction in Fairfield County.
  • The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office estimates that 52% of all 2008 jail days were accounted for by heroin and opiate addicts. The cumulative cost of these days to the taxpayers of Fairfield County was $2.5 Million.