MDMA Project: MDMA and STD/HIV Risk among hidden Networks of Ecstasy-Using Young Adults
The purpose of this study was to discover whether and in what ways MDMA contributes to sexual behavior and decision making, and when its use is associated with lack of protection. One component of the study examined the current status of ecstasy use and distribution, at a time when use appeared to be rising, and perceptions of risk were low. The study explored beliefs or scripts about MDMA use, where and why it is used and whether it is connected to sexual risk taking. The study also obtained from current users real life stories of MDMA use and sexual behavior and used new analytic techniques to tease out when MDMA makes a difference in sexual decisions and when it does not. The goal was to build an intervention that enhances agency by identifying and promoting continued use of protection in situations where protection is typically used, while avoiding situations when it is not.
intervention study. Those enrolled in the intervention and control group will report on their drug use at intake, and 3-4 months at post-test. In the project’s first year, researchers worked with focus groups of youth to develop drug-prevention messages which were then incorporated into the performances of local artists at live entertainment shows, and disseminated via a CD, print materials, a website, and promotional products. Four shows took place in Hartford over the summer of 2006 and a final CD-release show was held in the spring of 2007 with over 180 people in attendance. The Xperience Vol 1 CD was produced and over 500 copies were distributed to youth in the city. Youth who came to the shows were also given free promotional materials with drug prevention messages. Xperience staff promoted the concept of youth-led drug-free entertainment at numerous events and locations throughout the city of Hartford where they will receive Xperience promotional items and the Vol. 1 CD with drug prevention messages. This four and a half month program will be implemented again in March of ’08. Data from the ’07-‘08 intervention cohorts will be compared to a control cohort of youth from Hartford to evaluate the efficacy of the program. A program manual will be completed in 2008 to enable other agencies around the country to host Xperience drug-free events and training programs.
integrates entertainment-education with drug prevention messages, to support urban
youth, ages 14 – 20, in their decision not to use drugs.
To create a brand recognition for Xperience as an approach to “drug-free entertainment” for youth who choose not to use drugs and to hold Xperience shows and events throughout the
To evaluate the short-term efficacy of the intervention against a matched community
To produce a procedural manual and audiovisual product for dissemination of the
intervention model to other sites and promoters in urban areas throughout the country.
To pilot test the use of Interactive Voice Response technology for survey administration.