Party Drugs Initiative in WA 2003/2004

  • Research program: Harm reduction policy and strategies
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: April 2003
  • Expected end date: April 2004
  • Completion date: February 2005
  • Funded by: NDLERF
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This is part of a national study coordinated by the National Drug and alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) and funded by the National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF). Its aims are to examine the demographic characteristics, patterns of ecstasy and other drug use, perceived harms associated with use, drug market factors such as prive, potency availability of ecstasy and other party drugs in Perth, Western Australia from a sample of regular users of ecstasy.

The study involves data from three sources: face-to-face interviews of 100 regular ecstasy users; telephone interviews with 20 key informants; and analysis of name de-identified existing databases from the health and law enforcement sectors. The three sources of data are triangulated against each other in order to minimise the weaknesses inherent in each one and to ensure that only valid emerging trends are documented. The objectives are to add this data to that collected in other Australian jurisdictions to monitor drug trends and inform strategies to reduce drug related harm associated with the use of ecstasy and other party drugs.

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Professor Simon Lenton
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1603
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Chief Investigator

Harm reduction policy and strategies


  • Project staff: Francoise Chanteloup, Curtin University

Professor Simon Lenton
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1603
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Chanteloup, F. and Lenton, S. (2004). WA Party Drug Trends 2003 - Findings from the Party Drugs Initiative (PDI). NDARC, Sydney. ISBN: 1 877027766 [T153]