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Evaluation Study: Impact Of Pill Testing Programmes With Regard To The Consumption Behaviour And Risk Consciousness Among Users Of Synthetic Drugs (ecstasy)

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Summary

Pill-Testing is one of many factors playing a role in the lives and behaviour of ecstasy users. From that perspective, pill-testing cannot be expected to have a very strong impact. Nevertheless, the empirical findings largely support the hypotheses of the study

Type of intervention:
Sub-area:
evaluation study
Setting:
Type of approach:
networking
Target group:
family/parents, adults, children/young people
Age group:
15-25
Annual coverage:
50000
Substances addressed:
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
European Commission
Start date:
01/01/2001
End date:
01/01/2003

Overall objective

The effects of pill testing programmes on the consumption patterns and the risk awareness of consumers of synthetic drugs will be evaluated on an empirical basis. That is why three different groups will be interviewed (testers, non-testers and non-consumers of ecstasy), to establish comparisons between these three sub groups.

Abstract

Pill-Testing is one of many factors playing a role in the lives and behaviour of ecstasy users. From that perspective, pill-testing cannot be expected to have a very strong impact. Nevertheless, the empirical findings largely support the hypotheses of the study (see results of evaluation). What was consistently evident throughout our study was that the dance party scene is inhabited by two separate groups of young people - ecstasy users and non-ecstasy-users - who exist side by side in two different worlds. The peer education method produces differential effects within each of these two networks in the party scene. Insights such as these call for an integrated prevention approach that can transcend the current viewpoints of primary and secondary prevention. It would create a framework in which prevention efforts can count on greater acceptance by all target groups.

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