New method to monitor drugs at dance venues

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7332.299a (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:299

Perhaps results of testing tablets should be made public

  1. Jon Cole, reader (joncole@liv.ac.uk)
  1. Liverpool University, Department of Psychology, Liverpool L69 7ZA
  2. St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE
  3. St Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London EC1M 6BQ

    EDITOR—Ramsey et al report the analyses of illegally purchased controlled drugs that had been surrendered in a nightclub.1 They argue that monitoring such samples would provide important information to healthcare professionals, which they could use to “formulate better advice on avoiding injury through drug use and to design the most appropriate campaigns against drug use.”

    Yet no indication is given of how this would be done, other than by increased use of the TICTAC database, which is edited by Ramsey.2 As this database is presumably already used by people reading this paper, its ability to fulfil this purpose is questionable. No evidence is presented that any evidence based harm reduction strategy uses these data or that an outcome evaluation has been conducted on them.

    Two major problems arise with ecstasy tablets: the unknown amount of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) present, if …

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