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Drug Alcohol Rev. 2010 Mar;29(2):169-76. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2009.00133.x.

The Psychostimulant Check-Up: A pilot study of a brief intervention to reduce illicit stimulant use.

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Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia, Norwood, Australia. matthew.smout@health.sa.gov.au

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS:

This study is to test the acceptability of a single-session 'check-up' intervention for psychostimulant users and document participants' subsequent progress in reducing psychostimulant use and related harms.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

The design was pre-experimental single-group repeated measures. Eighty participants received the Psychostimulant Check-Up, with 62% completing a 3 month follow up.

RESULTS:

Participants were predominantly young adult methamphetamine users. The majority indicated that the Check-Up answered their questions, increased their awareness of services, and they would recommend it to their friends. At follow up, there was a significant reduction in self-reported methamphetamine use, the number of self-reported psychostimulant-related negative consequences experienced in the previous month and rates of injecting: 62% self-reported at least a 1 g reduction in methamphetamine use.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS:

The intervention was well accepted and the majority of those who received it subsequently made meaningful reductions in psychostimulant use and related harm. The intervention offers sufficient promise to warrant a randomised trial to establish whether improvements were specific to the intervention.

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