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Toward an ecstasy and other club drug (EOCD) prevention intervention for rave attendees.

TitleToward an ecstasy and other club drug (EOCD) prevention intervention for rave attendees.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsYacoubian, George S., Sarah Miller, Selwyn Pianim, Michael Kunz, Erin Orrick, Tanja Link, Wilson R. Palacios, and Ronald J. Peters
JournalJournal of drug education
Date Published2004
KeywordsAdult, District of Columbia, Female, Homosexuality, Humans, Male, N-Methyl-3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine, Prevalence, Questionnaires, Recreation, Street Drugs, Substance-Related Disorders
AbstractA growing body of recent research has identified that "rave" attendees are at high risk for the use of "club drugs," such as 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or "ecstasy"). Rave attendees, however, comprise only one of several club-going populations. In the current study, we explore the prevalence of ecstasy and other club drug (EOCD) use among a sample of club attendees in Washington, DC. Data were collected from adult, primarily homosexual, club attendees during the summer of 2003. Data collection was scheduled between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. Participation rates were high. Of the 211 club attendees approached, 88% (n = 186) completed the interview. Drug use prevalence rates were low. With the exception of alcohol and marijuana, 2-day self-reports were less than 1% for each drug. These findings, amalgamated with results from other EOCD-related studies involving several distinct populations, offer considerable insight into the state of ecstasy in American society. Based on a meta-analysis of this literature, we offer a community-level prevention intervention for the population at highest risk for EOCD use-rave attendees.
Alternate JournalJ Drug Educ

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