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Drug use is all the rave.

In recent years, the popularity of "electronic dance music" and dance festivals has increased substantially. Even though data suggests drug use among adolescents in the general U.S. population has been declining,

targeted samples have shown nightclub attendees tend to report high rates, above that of the general population.

A study by researchers affiliated with New York University's Center for Drug Use and HIV Research is the first to examine the socio-demographic relationships between rave attendance and recent (12-month) use of various drugs by high school seniors.

"One out of five students reported ever attending a rave, and 7.7% reported attending at least monthly," says Joseph J. Palamar, assistant professor of population health at NYU Medical Center. "Females and highly religious students were less likely to attend raves, while students residing in cities, students with higher income, and those who go out for fun multiple times per week were more likely to attend."

Most notably the study found that use of illicit drugs other than marijuana was about 20% higher among rave attendees compared to nonattendees. Moreover, rave attendees were more likely to report more frequent use for each of the 18 drugs assessed.

"Use of each illicit drug other than marijuana was at least twice as prevalent among rave attendees, and the common 'club drugs' keta mine and GHB were both almost six times more prevalent among attendees," states Palamar. "Higher frequency of rave attendance was consistently associated with higher odds for reporting recent use of each of the drugs assessed."

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Title Annotation:Teenagers
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2015
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