This is a research study carried out by Energy Control (http://energycontrol.org/) aimed at people who used any substance within the last year (including alcohol). Our objective is to acquire knowledge about the strategies than can help drug users to minimize harms related to drug use. With these results we intend to inform those who decide to use drugs about safer use practices. Reporting your experiences to us could be very helpful.

In the questionnaire we address different topics like the type of substance(s) used, their effects, and the things you do to avoid problems when you use. It will take you around 20 minutes to complete. It’s important that you have time enough to respond to the entire the questionnaire, so in order for your information to be useful to us, it is necessary that you answer all questions. We are very grateful for your cooperation.

The data you give us will be treated as anonymous and will be used exclusively for statistical purposes. These data are protected by the Organic Act 15/1999, of December 13, for the Personal Data Protection of the Spanish State. The person in charge of this research is Fermín Fernández Calderón (email: fermin.fernandez@dpces.uhu.es, Tlf.: 0034 959 218 438). This study has been translated into English and promoted in the USA and Australia, in collaboration with J. Palamar and M. Barratt. We are keen to compare harm reduction strategies with countries that have contrasting policy settings to Spain.

The results of this study will be published in our web site (http://energycontrol.org/).

If you are 18 years or older and you agree to participate, please indicate this below.

Part 1

1. Have you ever been to an electronic music event?

3. For the following substances, please check off if you have EVER used them in your life , and in the LAST YEAR and LAST MONTH. Please indicate your age of first use and the main route of administration during the last year

  • Substance
  • EVER USE
  • Age of first use
  • Use in the last YEAR
  • Use in the last MONTH
  • Main route of administration during the LAST YEAR
  • Alcohol

  •  
  • Cannabis (hash or marijuana)

  • Powder cocaine

  • Crack cocaine

  •  
  • Ecstasy (MDMA, Molly)

  • Amphetamine (nonmedical use)

  • Methamphetamine

  • Ketamine

  • GHB / GBL

  •  
  • Magic Mushrooms

  •  
  • LSD

  •  
  • Tranquilizers/sedatives(nonmedical use)

  •  
  • Heroin

  • Poppers (amyl nitrate)

  •  
  • Legal highs/research chemicals
    (“new” drugs that imitate the effects of traditional drugs)

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4. During the LAST YEAR, when you partied, how frequently did you use 2 or more drugs in the same session? (NOT INCLUDING TOBACCO, BUT INCLUDING ALCOHOL)


5. Think about the LAST TIME YOU PARTIED AND USED DRUGS (including alcohol). Where was it? (in the case you went to more than one place, indicate the party where you were the most of the time)



6. With regard to the LAST TIME YOU PARTIED AND USED DRUGS (including alcohol), How many days have passed since then?

 days.


  • 7. Think about the LAST TIME YOU PARTIED AND USED DRUGS (including alcohol). Indicate which drugs you used BEFORE, DURING and AFTER that party:

  • Substance
  • I used before the party
  • I used during the party
  • I used after the party

 
Part 2

8. During the LAST YEAR, please indicate how frequently you carried out each of the following behaviors. Also, please indicate if you carried each of them out the LAST TIME YOU PARTIED AND USED DRUGS (including alcohol).

  •  
  • DURING THE LAST YEAR
  • DURING THE LAST PARTY
  •  
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes (50%)
  • Almost always
  • Always
  • Not applicable
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not applicable
  • I buy drugs from a reliable source and/or I get information about their origin
  • When I party, I avoid taking 5 or more alcoholic drinks (if I am a MAN) or 4 or more alcoholic drinks (if I am a WOMAN) in a 2 HOUR TIME-FRAME.
  • I plan my drug use sessions instead of using what someone offers me (or resorting to what I can buy during the party).
  • Before using a drug for the first time I get information about it (for example: how to use, its effects…).
  • I set a limit on the quantity I will take and try not to exceed it
  • I space out sessions/parties where I use drugs
  • When I use drugs, there is someone sober/straight in the group to take care of the rest of us.
  • I avoid consuming drugs with strangers and/or in environments where I do not feel comfortable
  • I take smaller doses instead of larger doses.
  • If I take powder or crystal ecstasy, I prepare it in “bombs” (wrapping the substance with rolling paper and taking it as a pill)
  • When I´m going to take a substance whose origin is unknown to me or I´m going to try a new drug, I first take a test dose as a precaution
  • During a party, I wait for the effects of a dose to decrease before taking another one.
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  • DURING THE LAST YEAR
  • DURING THE LAST PARTY
  •  
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes (50%)
  • Almost always
  • Always
  • Not applicable
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not applicable
  • When I drink alcohol, I´m cautious with shots--either not taking them or limiting the quantity I drink
  • I avoid injecting drugs
  • I alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • I avoid, or I´m cautious, about mixing depressants (alcohol, GHB, opiates, etc…)
  • I avoid, or I´m cautious, about mixing stimulants (cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy…)
  • I avoid getting into a car when the driver is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  • I avoid driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  • When I have sex under the influence of drugs, I use protection (condom, dental dam)
  • When I sniff/snort a drug, I use my own tube (bank note/dollar bill) and don´t share it.
  • I clean my nostrils after sniffing a drug
  • If I´m mixing drugs, the quantity of each of them I take is lower than if I take each of them separately
  • I use a cigarette filter when I smoke joints.
  • I protect my ears when I go to a loud party (for example, by using earplugs)

 
Part 3

9. During the LAST YEAR, indicate how frequently you experienced each of the following symptoms while you were using drugs (or in the next few days after using). Also, indicate if you experienced each of them the LAST TIME YOU PARTIED (or during the following hours) AND USED DRUGS (including alcohol).

  •  
  • DURING THE LAST YEAR
  • DURING THE LAST PARTY
  •  
  • Never
  • Almost never
  • Sometimes (50%)
  • Almost always
  • Always
  • Not applicable
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not applicable
  • Memory impairment
  • Stomach pain (non-attributable to illness)
  • Tachycardia (rapid heart beat)
  • Bad mood after drug use (such as depression)
  • Bladder irritation / pain or burning sensation when urinating or urgency to urinate frequently
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Sexual difficulties while under drugs influence (difficulties to get/keep an erection, lack of sexual desire…)
  •  
  • DURING THE LAST YEAR
  • DURING THE LAST PARTY
  •  
  • Never
  • Alomst never
  • Sometimes (50%)
  • Almost always
  • Always
  • Not applicable
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not applicable
  • Sexually transmitted infection (genital herpes, crabs, gonorrhea, syphilis…) from risk behavior while high on a drug
  • Drop in blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Injuries or fractures while under the influence of drugs
  • Hangover
  • Traffic accident while under the influence of drugs
  • Charged with a traffic violation while under the influence of drugs
  • Arrested for possession of drugs
  • I was involved in fights or I have been attacked while under under the influence of drugs
  • Inflamation or irritation of the nostrils
  • Respiratory symptoms (non-attributable to illness). E.g. cough
  • Buzzing or ringing in my ears
  •  
  • DURING THE LAST YEAR
  • DURING THE LAST PARTY
  •  
  • Never
  • Alomst never
  • Sometimes (50%)
  • Almost always
  • Always
  • Not applicable
  • Yes
  • No
  • Not applicable
  • Psychotic episode or delirium
  • Irritability or aggressiveness
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety or panic attack
  • Bad trip
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Seeing or hearing things that were not actually there, not while under drugs effects.

10. During the LAST YEAR, did you receive emergency care (physsical or psychological) due to your drug use?

12. Have you EVER received treatment to quit or reduce your drug use?

  • 13. We would like to know how your health has been, in general, over the LAST MONTH.

  •  
  • Not at all
  • No more than usual
  • Rather more than usual
  • Much more than usual
  • Have you been able to concentrate on whatever you’re doing?
  • Have you lost much sleep over worries?
  • Have you felt that you are playing a useful part in things?
  • Have you felt capable of making decisions about things?
  • Have you felt constantly under strain?
  • Have you felt you couldn’t overcome your dificulties?
  • Have you been able to enjoy your normal day to day activities?
  • Have you been able to face up to your problems?
  • Have you been feeling unhappy or depressed?
  • Have you been losing confidence in yourself?
  • Have you been thinking of yourself as a worthless person?
  • Have you been feeling reasonably happy, all things considered?
  • 14. Please, indicate your level of agreement with the following statements:

  •  
  • Not at all
  • No more than usual
  • Rather more than usual
  • Much more than usual
  • I am content
  • I often don't think things through before I speak
  • I would like to skydive
  • I am happy
  • I often involve myself in situations that I later regret being involved in
  • I enjoy new and exciting experiences even if they are unconventional
  • I have faith that my future holds great promise
  • It's frightening to feel dizzy or faint
  • I like doing things that frighten me a little
  • It frightens me when I feel my heart beat change
  • I usually act without stopping to think
  • I would like to learn how to drive a motorcycle
  •  
  • Not at all
  • No more than usual
  • Rather more than usual
  • Much more than usual
  • I feel proud of my accomplishments
  • I get scared when I'm too nervous
  • Generally, I am an impulsive person
  • I am interested in experience for its own sake even if it is illegal
  • I feel that I'm a failure
  • I get scared when I experience unusual body sensations
  • I would enjoy hiking long distances in wild and uninhabited territory
  • I feel pleasant
  • It scares me when I'm unable to focus on a task
  • I feel I have to be manipulative to get what I want
  • I am very enthusiastic about my future

 
Part 4

 

To conclude, we ask you for some information about you. Of course, this is confidential. Thank you very much for your effort


15. Age

 Years

16. Sex

17. What is your sexual orientation?

17 b. What is your race/ethnicity?


18. Where were you born?

19. Where do you live now?

20. What is the highest level of school you have completed?


21. Which of the following best describe your current employment status?


22. What is your marital status?


23. Which of the following best describe your current economic status?


24.With whom do you live?


25. Your main source of income is:



THESE SIX LAST QUESTIONS REFER TO YOUR LEISURE HABITS


26. When you have gone to party during the LAST YEAR, have you been to RAVES?

27. When you have gone to party during the LAST YEAR, have you been to ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVALS? (Techno, House, Drum and Bass, etc…)

28. When you have gone to party during the LAST YEAR, have you been to FESTIVALS WITH NON-ELECTRONIC MUSIC (pop, rock,…)?

29. When you have gone to party during the LAST YEAR, have you been to CONCERTS?

30. When you have gone to party during the LAST YEAR, have you been to NIGHTCLUBS?

31. When you have gone to party during the LAST YEAR, have you been to BARS/PUBS?


 

 

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