Street drugs

August 2010

FocusStreet drugs

Party drugs

Use and harm reduction

Volume 39, No.8, August 2010 Pages 548-552

Matthew Frei


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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