The 130th Annual Meeting of APHA

4093.0: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - Board 9

Abstract #35528

Ecstasy use among drug users in Long Beach, California

Dennis G. Fisher, PhD, Michael A. Janson, BA, Michele M. Wood, MS, Jennifer A. Klahn, MA, and Rachel L. Vann. Center for Behavioral Research & Services, California State University, Long Beach, 1090 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813, 562-495-2330,

The sample is 223 indigent drug users who use Foodbank, in conjunction with HIV prevention, services in Long Beach, CA. Sixteen (7.17% CI 4.15, 11.39) of them report ever using ecstasy (MDMA). Those reporting use of MDMA are more likely to be White (c2(3, N=222)=13.89, p=.0031) as compared to Black, Hispanic, or Other. They are also more likely to consider themselves to be Gay/Bisexual as compared to Heterosexual or Lesbian c2(2, N=222)=6.13, p=.0466. Those reporting use of MDMA (M=35.12 years, SD=8.08) are younger as compared to those reporting no use of MDMA (M=44.82 years, SD=9.10), t(219)=4.01, p=.0001. While these data would not have been surprising in a general population sample including gay/bisexual men, it is surprising given this street-based sample of indigent individuals using Foodbank services. We are currently collecting data from a sampling frame of gay venues that will make an interesting comparison to the data reported here.

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Keywords: Drug Abuse, Gay Men

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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