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Public Health Rep. 2009 Mar-Apr;124(2):246-54.

Club drug use and dependence among young adults recruited through time-space sampling.

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Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training, New York, NY, USA. jeffrey.parsons@hunter.cuny.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Ketamine, methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA/ecstasy), cocaine, gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), methamphetamine, and d-lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD/acid) have been identified as "club drugs" because of their link to club culture among young adults. Yet little is known about users' demographic differences in the prevalence of club drugs. This study sought to provide a comprehensive profile of users' demographic differences in prevalence of club drug use and dependence.

METHODS:

Using time-space sampling, a stratified sample of 400 18- to 29-year-old club-going young adults was recruited into the Club Drugs and Health Project.

RESULTS:

Though participants reported using an array of club drugs, almost all participants (90.0%) were cocaine users. Although there were several sexual orientation and gender differences in recent drug exposure, patterns of use (measured in days) were fairly similar across gender, sexual orientation, and age. Finally, a majority of individuals (58.5%) met or exceeded criteria for club drug dependence, with most (61.7%) indicating cocaine was the one drug causing them significant problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

Cocaine is a major drug in club culture. It is essential to develop culturally appropriate drug education and prevention initiatives for young adults using club drugs.

PMID:
19320366
PMCID:
PMC2646481
DOI:
10.1177/003335490912400212
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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