Ecstasy is the most common "party drug" or "dance drug" in the European Union. Pill-testing is one of the methods applied to reduce the risks related to the use of ecstasy. Pill-testing has been the subject of both scientific and political debate, and the question whether testing encourages the use of ecstasy is one of the major issues in this discussion.
Presented in this report are the findings of an empirical study conducted in three European cities (Amsterdam, Hanover and Vienna). All three cities offer ecstasy users facilities for pill-testing. Earliers studies addressing the question whether pill-testing influences the behaviour of ecstasy users did so on the basis of the hypothetical situation that this opportunity was available. Few studies were able to test what users in effect do when actually offered this opportunity. For this reason this study focuses not only on the stated intentions of ecstasy users, but in particular on their actual behaviour in relation to pill-testing.
Rubrik: Drug Checking
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