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Profiles of urine samples from participants at rave party in Taiwan: prevalence of ketamine and MDMA abuse.

Authors
  • Lua, Ahai Chang
  • Lin, Huei Ru
  • Tseng, Yong Te
  • Hu, An Ren
  • Yeh, Pei Chi
Type
Published Article
Journal
Forensic Science International
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Sep 09, 2003
Volume
136
Issue
1-3
Pages
47–51
Identifiers
PMID: 12969619
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Drug abuse patterns are different due to cultural, social and geographical differences. Methamphetamine (MA) is the most important drug of abuse in Taiwan followed by opiates. Recently, there has been an increase of ketamine and MDMA abuse in disco dancing clubs. Here, we report the patterns of drug abuse by the participants in a metropolitan city disco-dancing club and the general public in Taiwan. The positive rates of common drugs of abuse detected in samples collected from participants in a dancing club were as follows: MDMA, 75.7%; ketamine, 47.0%; MA, 41.6%; opiates, 0%. Marijuana and cocaine were detected at much lower rates (3.4 and 4.7%, respectively). Ketamine and one of the amphetamines were detected together in 42.9% of the samples. The positive rates in samples collected from police detainees suspected of drug abuse in the general public were as follows: MA, 76.0%; OPA, 37.0%; MDMA, 6.0%; ketamine, 2.0%.

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