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Demand-reduction responses to new trends in synthetic drugs

In 1999 information on new and ongoing demand-reduction programmes in dance, 'rave' and 'techno' settings was collected through 'snowball' sampling. This is a qualitative research technique which identifies new subjects through a network of known subjects. The study revealed that:
  • an increase in the number of projects targeting synthetic drug use in Europe, particularly among young people;
  • increasing diversification in the demand-reduction activities carried out by these programmes;
  • an increased awareness of the need to evaluate the interventions;
  • that the majority of interventions still focus on casual and occasional users of synthetic drugs, but do not address high-risk users;
  • that most activities focus on providing written information about the consequences of synthetic drug use, rather than on personal contact.

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