Estimating the Prevalence and Perceived Harm of Ecstasy Use Among a Sample of Juvenile Offenders

George Yacoubian, Jr., McFarland and Associates, Inc.
Eric D. Wish, University of Maryland at College Park
Cindy Boyle, University of Maryland at College Park

Few studies have examined ecstasy use among criminal justice populations. Focusing on individuals under criminal justice supervision is useful because "new" illegal drugs will typically take root in a criminal population before diffusing to the general population. In the current study, self-report drug use data and urine specimens were collected from juvenile offenders surveyed through Maryland's Offender Population Urinalysis Screening (OPUS) Program. Prevalence estimates are generated and associations between ecstasy use, demographic characteristics, alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, and the perceived harm of ecstasy are explored. Implications for ecstasy treatment and control policy among deviant populations are discussed.

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