Estimating the Prevalence and Perceived Harm of Ecstasy Use Among Rave Attendees

George Yacoubian, Jr., McFarland and Associates, Inc.
Megan M. Collett, Catholic University of America
Jared Vogt, University of Maryland at College Park
Allegra Pepple, University of Maryland at College Park

The use of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or "ecstasy") appears to be increasing worldwide, with "rave" attendees being one high-risk population. To date, however, only one study has collected ecstasy use information from rave attendees in the United States. To address this limitation, we collected self-report drug use information and oral fluid specimens from "club rave" attendees within the Baltimore-Washington corridor during March 2002. Data collection was scheduled between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. In addition to the prevalence of recent ecstasy and other drug use, we present findings on the perceived harm of ecstasy and other drugs and the relationship between ecstasy use, demographic characteristics, and other drug use. Policy implications for these findings are discussed.

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