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Scientific Project: ChEck iT!

Quality level: 2

Process evaluation

Results

At big events (ca. 4.000 visitors) up to 400 visitors are making use of the services of ChEck iT!. Per event about 250 information and counselling talks take place and about 70 psychoactive substances are brought for testing. In the years 1998 to 2000, ChEck iT! in addition also offered the so called "info tour" with staff members providing information and counselling in clubs and on raves but without pill testing. The comparison of ChEck iT! offers with and without testing shows that 75% less visitors make use of the info tour. In addition, 8% of ecstasy users covered by the EU-study "Pilltesting - Ecstasy und Prävention" - which involved ChEck iT! - reported that they never visited a drug counselling service. 58% of the persons making use of pill testing reported that they would not contact ChEck iT! without the availability of pill testing. This indicates that the chemical analysis is an adequate method to reach the target group. By provision of pill testing the network of drug services is extended and the inhibition threshold becomes less relevant. Each day about 400 persons visit the website and per week ChEck iT! receives about 30 counselling requests via the internet. In addition, there is big demand for the info materials - the posters and the booklet are requested by drug services, pharmacies and other institutions.

Outcome evaluation

Results

The results of the EU study "Pilltesting - Ecstasy und Prävention" show that persons making use of testing ("tester") are better informed about the risks of ecstasy use as the "non-tester". Most non-testers do not know about the risks of high dosis of ecstasy nor which dosis by minimised risk is still effective. The more often the persons included in the study made use of the pill testing service, the better there information base was. An improved information base does not necessarily result in change of behaviour. Tester and non-tester showed in principle a similar consumption behaviour - but more regular tester used drugs less frequently and showed a less risky party behaviour. Thus, it can be concluded that pill testing is an effective secondary prevention method.


The results of the EU study show that regular tester are using drugs less frequent. In addition, tester normally use less pills if the results of testing indicate a high dosage. Tester also report that they do not use a pill if the result of analysis shows that it is a different substance than expected. Thus, information provided by pill testing is motivating the users to decrease their drug use.


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References

Conferences; Seminars; Website: http://www.CheckYourDrugs.at; brochures; other; posters

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