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Drug use trends among rural methamphetamine users

Monday, November 4, 2013

Kathryn Barnhart, PhD, MPH, CHES, Public Health, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Nicole Smith, MPH, CHES, CPH, Office of Population Research, Princeton University, West Windsor, NJ
Debby Herbenick, PhD, MPH, Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Indiana University-Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Nicholas Goeders, PhD, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Shreveport, LA
Elyse Cornett, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Shreveport, LA
ABSTRACT. Background: Previous studies have found methamphetamine (meth) use to be associated with many negative health consequences, such as Hepatitis and HIV transmission, as well as social, physical, and psychological consequences. Meth is a frequent drug of use in the United States. In recent years, research focused on female methamphetamine use has increased. However, more information on drug use patterns among females has been identified as a need. Methods: This pilot research study was conducted in collaboration with a rural harm reduction program in Montana. Participants were recruited through our community partners outreach services. The sample included females who reported having used meth within the past 12 months. A paper-based questionnaire was administered and completed anonymously by participants. Data was collected on demographics as well as multiple drug use variables related to approach, frequency, dose, and duration of high. Results: Participants identified the use of multiple other drugs both while using meth and outside of meth use. Various drug use practices were identified and multiple techniques were selected for single participants. For injection drug users, high risk behaviors such as sharing syringes and allowing others to inject them with their drug were reported. Meth use differed by frequency, duration, and amount. Conclusions: Drug use patterns differ between female meth users. Programs and organizations serving this population should vary harm reduction approaches to best suit the participants. Moving forward, our community partner will utilize this information in practice.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe current trends in methamphetamine use among females Discuss differences in drug use practices among female methamphetamine users

Keyword(s): Drug Use, Behavioral Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked with the co-principal investigators during each stage of this project. I have a background in public health research and previous experience working directly with the target population.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.