|Titre :||Music festival attendees' illicit drug use, knowledge and practices regarding drug content and purity: a cross-sectional survey (2018)|
|Auteurs :||N. DAY ; J. CRISS ; B. GRIFFITHS ; S. K. GUJRAL ; F. JOHN-LEADER ; J. JOHNSTON ; S. PIT|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||Harm Reduction Journal (Vol.15, n°1, 2018)|
|Article en page(s) :||8 p.|
|Discipline :||PRO (Produits, mode d'action, méthode de dépistage / Substances, action mode, screening methods)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEETUDE TRANSVERSALE ; MILIEU FESTIF ; PRODUIT ILLICITE ; PURETE ; ANALYSE CHIMIQUE ; REDUCTION DES RISQUES ; ATTITUDE
Background: Drug checking is a harm reduction strategy which allows users to check the content and purity of illicit drugs. Although drug checking has been trialled internationally, with demonstrated value as a harm reduction and health promotion strategy, the use of such services in Australia remains a contentious issue.
This study aimed to investigate the proportion and patterns of illicit drug use among young people, their attitudes towards drug checking at festivals and the potential impact of drug checking on intended drug use behaviour.
Methods: The survey was conducted at a major Australian music festival in 2016. Data was collected from a sample of festival attendees (n = 642) aged between 18 and 30 years. A descriptive analysis of the data was performed.
Results: Nearly three-quarters (73.4%) of participants reported that they had used illicit drugs in the past 12 months, most commonly cannabis (63.9%) and ecstasy (59.8%). A large proportion of participants believed 'somewhat' or 'a lot' that drug checking services could help users seek help to reduce harm (86.5%) and that drug checking services should be combined with harm reduction advice (84.9%). However, two thirds of the participants agreed 'somewhat' or 'a lot' that drug sellers may use this service as a quality control mechanism (68.6%). Approximately half (54.4%) indicated they would be highly likely and a third (32.7%) would be somewhat likely to utilise free drug checking services should they be available at music festivals. When asked whether the results of drug checking would influence their drug use behaviour, participants reported that they would not take substances shown to contain methamphetamine (65.1%), ketamine (57.5%) or para-methoxyamphetamine (PMA) (58.4%).
Conclusion: The majority of festival attendees aged 18-30 participating in this study reported a history of illicit drug use and were in favour of the provision of free drug checking at festivals. A considerable proportion reported that the results of drug checking would influence their drug use behaviour. The findings of this study can contribute to the debate regarding whether drug checking services could potentially play a major role in harm reduction and health promotion programming for young people attending festivals.
|Domaine :||Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|
|Refs biblio. :||30|
|Affiliation :||School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, Australia|