Drug Idle is an educational outreach event, to educate users of recreational drugs in a local MSM (men who have sex with man) community and their friends on the potential for toxicity from the use of recreational drugs and what to do if they find someone unwell after the use of recreational drugs. Drug idle is evaluated among 43 attendees who rated the intervention highly positive.
Recreational drug use is particularly common in those attending nightclubs. Their knowledge about the potential toxicity of drugs and how to manage this is variable.
To improve the knowledge about the potential toxicity associated with the use of recreational drugs / novel psychoactive substances (NPS), especially knowlegdge concerning management of drug toxicity.
A multidisciplinary local network of key stakeholders interested in the prevention and management of recreational drug toxicity was established. Through this network an outreach educational concept was designed, Drug Idle, for recreational drug users (MSM) and their friends. This was run within nightclub environments in a user-friendly, non-judgemental forum.
149 attended the three Drug Idle events as part of this study. All of those trialling the finalized concept (43 attendees) thought all three components of the concept were useful, 96% that it was of appropriate duration and 98,8% that they would recommend future events to a friend.
It is assumed, that wider use of this outreach educational concept will help to improve the knowledge of those using recreational drugs, especially concerning management of drug toxicity. Additionally, it will provide them with information that will enable them to make informed decisions about the risk of continuing use of recreational drugs.
Local men who have sex with men (MSM) nightclub/late night attendees.
Local stakeholders (local club owners/promoters, clinical toxicologists, specialists in Poisons Information, Emergency Department personnel, ambulance staff, local police enforcement services, analytical toxicologist, local outreach services for the MSM community, journalist and DJ on the MSM club scene.
Non-judgemental setting (i.e. a MSM nightclub) for the event.
Whole Drug Idle event and development of the concept.
Evaluation of the finalized Drug Idle concept that was adjusted according to the comments of the participants:43 attendees, 79% answered the questionnaire. 100% felt that the information provided within the sessions was useful. No suggestions to change.75% rated the duration of the event as appropriate85% would recommend future events (1,2% not because they can be identified as recreational drug users by this)100% felt that questions of the interactive quiz were appropriate and 98% felt comfortable asking questions in scope of the ask the panel anything session.
Wood DM, Who S, Alldus G, Huggett D, Nicolaou M, Chapman K, Oakley M, Bessim E, Julian K, Sturgeon K, Ramsey JD, Dargan PI (2010). The development of the recreational drug outreach educational concept Drug Idle. Journal of Substance Use, 15(4), 237-245.
An abstract for this journal article can be found in the HNT literature section here