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Exploring the Temporal Relationship Between Race and the Use of Ecstasy.

Authors
  • Yacoubian, George S Jr1, 2
  • Urbach, Blake J3
  • 1 a Pacific Institute for Research Evaluation (PIRE) in Calverton , MD , USA.
  • 2 b Criminal Justice Institute of Nova Southeastern University , USA.
  • 3 c Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando , FL , USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2004
Volume
3
Issue
3
Pages
67–77
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1300/J233v03n03_05
PMID: 29019290
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Previous research has suggested that the use of 3, 4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or "ecstasy") is primarily concentrated among white users. These studies, however, have all been conducted at single points in time. No research has examined the temporal relationship between race and the use of ecstasy. In the current study, we use data collected from respondents surveyed through the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse between 1990 and 2001. Chi-square statistics are used to explore the temporal relationship between race and the use of ecstasy during this time frame. While lifetime prevalence estimates are low relative to other populations, a consistent, statistically significant relationship between race and ecstasy use is discerned throughout the 1990s. Policy implications are assessed in light of the findings.

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