A pilot study using the internet to study patterns of party drug use : processes, findings and limitations

Miller, Peter G., Johnston, Jennifer, McElwee, Paul R. and Noble, Rick 2007, A pilot study using the internet to study patterns of party drug use : processes, findings and limitations, Drug and alcohol review, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 169-174, doi: 10.1080/09595230601146629.

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Title A pilot study using the internet to study patterns of party drug use : processes, findings and limitations
Author(s) Miller, Peter G.ORCID iD for Miller, Peter G. orcid.org/0000-0002-6896-5437
Johnston, Jennifer
McElwee, Paul R.
Noble, Rick
Journal name Drug and alcohol review
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Start page 169
End page 174
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2007-03
ISSN 0959-5236
Keyword(s) drug trend monitoring
party drugs
Summary Since the 1990s there has been a rise in both the prevalence of party drug use in Australia and the use of party drug-related websites. This study investigates whether it is feasible to recruit and survey party drug users via the internet. It took place in Victoria, Australia. Participants were directed to a website where they completed a brief, structured internet-based survey. A total of 460 responses were received over 31 days, 393 of which fitted all inclusion criteria. The sample consisted predominately of young, male polydrug users and is one of the largest samples of party drug users in Australia reported thus far. It was concluded that it is feasible to recruit and survey current party drug users via the internet and that this method is quicker and cheaper than traditional survey methods, although samples are not necessarily representative of the party drug-using population. Other limitations and advantages are discussed.
Notes Article first published online: 29 MAY 2009
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09595230601146629
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031484

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