Methamphetamine and injury: A survey of individuals attending a 1‐day music festival in New Zealand—piloting a new methodology
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There are increasing concerns regarding the risks of injury associated with methamphetamine use. The aim of this study was to explore whether it would be feasible to collect data at a one-day music festival, to investigate whether the sample included methamphetamine users, and whether they represented a sample that might yield information on methamphetamine use and injury. An anonymous, self-completion questionnaire was administered to individuals waiting to enter a 1-day music festival in Auckland, New Zealand in 2005. Of the 401 individuals approached, 188 successfully completed the questionnaire. Forty-two respondents reported using methamphetamine in the last 12 months. Whilst reports of injury in the previous 12 months were not high, information was obtained on a range of injuries occurring in the context of personal drug use or clandestine manufacture. The research methodology successfully recruited participants and collected information that, if replicated in a larger study, could quantify the relationships between drug-related behaviour and injury. This preliminary study suggests important public health implications of methamphetamine use.
Journal of Substance Use
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