Performance Improvement 2008. What Interventions Best Prevent or Reduce Ecstasy, Methamphetamine, and other Club Drugs Use Among Youths?


The study examined effectiveness of two interventions for reducing drug use: one emphasizing prevention and the other infrastructure development. In response to problems associated with Ecstasy and other Club Drugs, Congress passed the Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act of FY 2000 authorizing funding for programs to prevent the use of Ecstasy and other Club Drugs by testing new prevention interventions targeting youth or by expanding or developing infrastructure. There were 14 intervention grants and 13 infrastructure development grants. Researchers collected data to determine how effective the interventions were in preventing, reducing or delaying use of these drugs and how effective the infrastructure development projects were in supporting these goals.

On the whole, programs using Design 1 (more than 100 youth per session) showed larger effects on participants´ attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge in a direction predictive of lower substance use in the future, while Design 2 programs (with less than 100 youth) were more successful in reducing levels of substance use in the present. It is possible that Design 1 programs focused on the cognitive aspects of substance use while Design 2 programs emphasized behavioral change.

Report Title: Ecstasy and Other Club Drugs Prevention Initiative. Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor:
SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Daniel Bailey, 240-276-2439
Performer: Westat, Inc. MayaTech

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