Party drug use, the intermittent use of stimulants, ecstasy
and so-called ‘designer drugs’ at dance parties or ‘raves’, is
now part of the culture of many young Australians.
This article discusses the risks associated with the use of
‘party drugs’ and describes an useful approach to general
practitioner assessment and management of patients who
may be using party drugs.
Party drug use is associated with a range of harms,
including risks associated with behaviour while
drug affected, toxicity and overdose, mental health
complications and physical morbidity. Multiple substance
use, particularly combining sedatives, further amplifies
risk. If GPs have some understanding of these drugs and
their effects, they are well placed to provide an effective
intervention in party drug users by supporting the
reduction of harm.
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