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