Club drug use among minority substance users in New York City

Danielle C. Ompad, Sandro Galea, Crystal M. Fuller, Darcy Phelan, David Vlahov

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Surveillance data suggests that club drug use (Ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, LSD, methamphetamine, PCP and flunitrazepam) has been a predominantly White adolescent and young adult phenomenon in the United States. The authors investigated the use of club drugs among 323 streetrecruited minority substance users in northern New York City (66.3% were Hispanic, 23.8% were Black, and 9.9% were White/other race; median age = 32 years old). While Whites were more likely than others to have used club drugs, club drug use among Hispanics and Blacks was not uncommon; 45.3% Hispanics and 56.4% of Blacks reported a lifetime history of club drug use. PCP was the most commonly reported club drug used among all racial/ethnic groups. Further investigation of club drug use in minority populations is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-399
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Club drugs
  • Ecstasy
  • Epidemiology
  • Methamphetamine
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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