Do consumers of ecstasy-type pills take preventative measures to avoid bad effects of unknown content?

Mcilwraith, Fairlie, Alati, Rosa and Sindicich, Natasha (2012). Do consumers of ecstasy-type pills take preventative measures to avoid bad effects of unknown content?. In: Drug and Alcohol Review. Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2012, Melbourne, Australia, (66-66). 18-21 November 2012. doi:10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00514.x


Author Mcilwraith, Fairlie
Alati, Rosa
Sindicich, Natasha
Title of paper Do consumers of ecstasy-type pills take preventative measures to avoid bad effects of unknown content?
Conference name Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2012
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 18-21 November 2012
Proceedings title Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Published abstract
DOI 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00514.x
ISSN 0959-5236
1465-3362
Volume 31
Issue Supp. s1
Start page 66
End page 66
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Issue: Given the widespread agreement that pills sold as ecstasy contain substances other than 3,4-methylenedioxy-Nmethylamphetamine, consumers are knowingly placing themselves at risk of being adversely affected by these unknown substances.
Approach: A question was included in the 2012 national Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System survey asking what precautions were generally taken to avoid bad effects from ecstasy-type pills (projected n ≈ 600).
Key Findings: Although analysis has not yet been undertaken, use of the various precautions will be presented along with the differences between those who report taking precautions and those who do not. Variables of interest will include age and gender, length of ecstasy use, perceived quality and availability of ecstasy, most recent source person for ecstasy, number of recent source persons, ecstasy dependence, other drugs used when taking ecstasy including alcohol, recent use of unknown capsule, other risk taking behaviour, and problems experienced that relate to drug use.
Implications: Knowing if precautions are taken to avoid negative effects of unknown content, and if so what they are (e.g. trusted source, checked drug use website), will assist in targeting health and safety messages about ecstasy-type pill use. Moreover, knowing the typical profi le of those who do not take precautions will further assist in tailoring harm minimisation measures.
Conclusion: The insight into precautions used by regular ecstasy users will increase knowledge, point to further research needs, and provide practical information for alcohol and other drugs workers.
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Institutional Status UQ

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