Club drug use among minority substance users in New York City

Danielle C. Ompad, Sandro Galea, Crystal M. Fuller, Darcy F Phelan-Emrick, David Vlahov

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Surveillance data suggests that club drug use (Ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, LSD, methamphetamine, PCP and flunitrazepam) has been a predominantly White adolescent and young adult phenomenon in the United States. The authors investigated the use of club drugs among 323 street-recruited minority substance users in northern New York City (66.3% were Hispanic, 23.8% were Black, and 9.9% were White/other race; median age = 32 years old). While Whites were more likely than others to have used club drugs, club drug use among Hispanics and Blacks was not uncommon; 45.3% Hispanics and 56.4% of Blacks reported a lifetime history of club drug use. PCP was the most commonly reported club drug used among all racial/ethnic groups. Further investigation of club drug use in minority populations is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-399
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Psychoactive Drugs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Club drugs
  • Ecstasy
  • Epidemiology
  • Methamphetamine
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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Ompad, D. C., Galea, S., Fuller, C. M., Phelan-Emrick, D. F., & Vlahov, D. (2004). Club drug use among minority substance users in New York City. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 36(3), 397-399.