Tri-City Study of Club Drug Use, Abuse and Dependence

James A. Inciardi, Principal Investigator
Hilary L. Surratt, Co-Principal Investigator
Steven P. Kurtz, Project Director

Initiated: 2001

Funding Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the Delaware Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Project Summary:

This study was designed to examine the psychometric properties of, and the sources of unreliability in identifying abuse of and dependence on, club drugs: MDMA (ecstasy), ketamine, GHB and rohypnol. Data were collected in separate but identical interviews approximately seven days apart using interview-administered questionnaires. In addition, half of the respondents were randomly assigned to a dependence/abuse assessment administered by a licensed clinician. A total of approximately 600 recent users of these drugs between the ages of 15 and 35 were recruited in St. Louis, Miami and Sydney, Australia.

Select Publications:

Scheier, Lawrence M., Arbi Ben Abdallah, James A. Inciardi, Jan Copeland, and Linda Cottler. 2008. “Tri-City Study of Ecstasy Use Problems: A Latent Class Analysis.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 98: 249 – 263.

Kurtz, Steven P., James A. Inciardi, Hilary L. Surratt, and Linda Cottler. 2005. “Prescription Drug Abuse among Ecstasy Users in Miami.” Journal of Addictive Diseases 24 (4): 1-16.