Club Drugs: Users, Causes, and Consequences

Danielle Steffey, RTI International
Christopher P. Krebs, RTI International

ABSTRACT
While research has informed us about some aspects of club drugs, their various effects, and how prevalent their use is, we know very little about what factors affect club drug trends, the people using these substances, and exactly how they are used. This study involves interviewing drug-involved juvenile offenders in Oregon about their knowledge of, experiences with, and attitudes toward various club drugs, including LSD, Ecstasy, GHB, Ketamine, Rohypnol, Psilocybin (mushrooms), and methamphetamine. This poster session will graphically present some of the findings from the club dugs study. Preliminary data indicate that several club drugs, namely LSD, mushrooms, and Ecstasy, are easily obtained, more likely to be consumed than other club drugs, usually consumed with friends, and rarely consumed in "rave" environments. Ecstasy, GHB, Ketamine, and Rohypnol are viewed as being very harmful to consume, while LSD and mushrooms are deemed to be less dangerous. Interestingly, few youth report using club drugs, or other substances, simultaneously; and, most club drug users report experiencing some negative effects. Additional analyses will identify risk and protective factors, document reasons for using various club drugs, and make comparison with national data sources.

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Updated 05/20/2006