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Prevalence and risk factors of ecstasy use among college students in Astara, Islamic Republic of Ira

Prevalence and risk factors of ecstasy use among college students in Astara, Islamic Republic of Ira

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    Amiri ZM, Shakib AJ, Moosavi AK.
    East Mediterr Health J. 2009 Sep-Oct;15(5):1192-200.

    We determined the prevalence and risk factors for 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA, "ecstasy") use among college students in Astara, a northern border city of Iran. In a cross-sectional questionnaire survey of 1226 students, the lifetime prevalence of ecstasy use was 5.6%. The lifetime prevalence of use of other drugs, mostly cannabis and opium, was 4.6%. A fifth of students (21.8%) were current cigarette smokers and 24.8% had ever used alcohol. After logistic regression, the factors influencing ever use of ecstasy were ever use of other drugs, ever use of alcohol, current cigarette smoking and living alone or with friends. Targeted prevention programmes should be conducted in all colleges.