Prescription drug abuse among ecstasy users in Miami

Steven P. Kurtz, James A. Inciardi, Hilary L. Surratt, Linda Cottler

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This study examines the nature, extent and consequences of prescription drug abuse among 143 ecstasy users in Miami. Participants were recruited through nightclub and college campus outreach, and through respondent referrals. Instrumentation included the Risk Behavior Assessment, Substance Abuse Module and Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale. Median age was 23,42% were female and 50% Hispanic. An arrest history was reported by 44%, and 33% reported prior drug/alcohol treatment. Prescription drug abuse was reported by 87%; alprazolam (57%), oxycodone (36%), hydrocodone (32%) and diazepam (30%) were cited most often. Prescription drug abusers were more likely to report polydrug use, drug treatment histories, risky drug use behaviors, and symptoms of depression. They also reported numerous physical, psychological and social consequences of prescription drug abuse. Additional studies among larger samples are needed to understand the processes of prescription drug access and the extent of integration in club drug using cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by HHS Grant # RO1-DA 14854-02 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


  • Club drugs
  • Drug use
  • Polydrug use
  • Prescription drugs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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