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Harm Reduction Journal

, 4:18

First Online: 19 November 2007Received: 14 June 2007Accepted: 19 November 2007

Abstract

BackgroundThis study aimed to investigate patterns and context of use of BZP-party pills, function of use, and positive and negative effects experienced by a sample of New Zealand young people who had used the products.

MethodsA qualitative study comprised of semi-structured interviews and group discussions.

ResultsThe sample included 58 young people aged 17–23 years who had used BZP-party pills in the previous 12 months. Young people were using these substances in a range of settings – primarily during weekend social occasions – particularly as part of the dance party culture. They were mostly used for their stimulant properties and to enhance socialisation, and were often taken in combination with other legal and illicit drugs. Young people had suffered a range of physical and emotional negative effects, although none of these was reported as being life-threatening or long-term. Many participants had reduced the frequency with which they used BZP-party pills due to adverse effects. Potentially risky behaviours identified included taking large doses, mixing BZP-party pills with alcohol and other substances, and driving whilst under the influence of BZP-party pills.

ConclusionFindings suggest that young people in this study were not suffering excessive or dangerous adverse effects. However, potentially risky use of these products raises the issue of the need for developing harm reduction interventions.

Rachael A Butler and Janie L Sheridan contributed equally to this work.

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Author: Rachael A Butler - Janie L Sheridan

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