Is Ecstasy Really Different? Investigating the Risk and Protective Factors of Ecstasy Use Vis-aVis Other Drugs Among Public School Students

Daniel J. O'Connell, University of Delaware
Erika A. Harrell, University of Delaware
Roberta E. Gealt, University of Delaware
Steven S. Martin, University of Delaware

Recent reports indicate an increase in the use of the drug ecstasy. Accompanying the reported increase has been a number of media accounts suggesting that the population of ecstasy users may differ in significant ways from other drug users. This research utilizes data frjom a 2001 survey of Delaware public school students to investigate the prevalence of ecstasy use, whether ecstasy users are involved in other drug use and delinquent activities, and to what extent risk and protective factors associated with other drug use are the same for ecstasy users. (This research was supported by HHS Cooperative Agreement number U1F SP08192

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