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Could a drug-checking service increase intention to use ecstasy at a festival?

Mar 12, 2021

An article has been published in “Drug and Alcohol Review” titled “Could a drug-checking service increase intention to use ecstasy at a festival?”. The paper describes a study involving 247 people attending a music festival in Western Australia. Participants were given three pill testing / drug checking scenarios to consider: no onsite testing provided at the festival, onsite testing provided at the festival, and fixed offsite testing provided at a different location to the festival. Of the participants, 212 had previously used ecstasy, while 35 had never used ecstasy. Neither group reported an increase in intention to use ecstasy if given the opportunity to have their drugs checked. This paper demonstrates that harm reduction services like drug checking / pill testing don’t lead to increased intentions to use substances.

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