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Rutgers: Study Examines Risk for Drug Use Among Sexual Minority Electronic Dance Music Party Attendees

A recent Rutgers School of Public Health study found that that electronic dance music (EDM) party attendees have different risks of various drug use based on their sexual orientation.

Led by Rutgers School of Public Health assistant professor, Dr. Marybec Griffin, the researchers examined how sexual orientation relates to past year use of traditional drugs (e.g. ecstasy/MDMA/Molly) and new psychoactive drugs (e.g. bath salts). Researchers used survey data from 3,066 young adult EDM party attendees entering night clubs and dance festivals in New York City between 2016 and 2018. Of those surveyed, 277 identified as gay/lesbian, 293 identified as bisexual, and 83 identified as other sexuality. Participants were asked about their age, race/ethnicity, education weekly income, sexual orientation, nightclub/EDM party attendance, and drug use during nightclub/EDM party attendances.

The study found that drug use was more widespread among lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB)-identified individuals attending nightclubs/EDM parties than heterosexuals. In addition, MDMA/Molly was the most prevalent drug used in the past year by nightclub/EDM party attendees.

“Our research shows the disparities in drug use among sexual minority communities and heterosexual communities. Prevention messaging should be tailored to the LGB community,” said Dr. Griffin.

The study was also authored by Drs. Joseph Palamar, Dustin Duncan, and Denton Callander.

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